Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District was recently turned into the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, but there are still many steps ahead for the district.
The district now has a governor-appointed board that has met twice in the past month. From those meetings, we’ve gotten a sense of what could happen next for Disney, including the possibility of a lawsuit.
The second meeting for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board took place on March 29th, and during that meeting, we learned that the new board is hiring four separate law firms to deal with “potential legal challenges” for what the board did when Disney originally appointed members.
Before the new board was appointed, the previous members made agreements with Disney that give it control over Reedy Creek land for the next 30 years, which the new District’s legal counsel has called “unusual” and “suspect.” The special counsel went on to say that the agreements between Disney and the former board were “unlawful.”
Board Member Ron Peri shared that the agreements stripped the board of its power and “made Disney the government,” suggesting the new board should fight them.
Board Chair Martin Garcia suggested that the board could take an “adversarial position” against Disney — even suggesting they litigate all the way to the United States Supreme Court in “protracted litigation.” So what does Disney think of this lawsuit possibility?
Later in the day, Disney responded by saying the following: “All agreements signed between Disney and the District were appropriate, and were discussed and approved in open, noticed public forums in compliance with Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law.”
Statement from #Disney:
“All agreements signed between Disney and the District were appropriate, and were discussed and approved in open, noticed public forums in compliance with Florida's Government in the Sunshine law.” #WESH
— Bob Hazen WESH (@HazenWESH) March 29, 2023
We’re interested to see what happens next between Disney and this new board. We’ll make sure to keep you updated with any details from upcoming meetings, so stay tuned to AllEars.
2 Replies to “Disney Responds to Lawsuit Threat Over Reedy Creek Decisions”
They Uno reversed DiSantas. LOL I guess Disney built a better mouse trap.
The funny thing is that Disney did exactly what any corporation would do during a hostile takeover & protected themselves. I’m sure everything they did was 100% legal or they would not have done it
DeSantis’ won’t just walk away. After telling the people of Florida they won’t pay more in taxes to take over this district, well guess what? They will pay slot in legal fees because DeSantis’ won’t let it go. And when you aren’t paying the legal fees, who cares what it costs. All to put salve on a bruised ego.