Disney Takes Legal Action Against Florida Governor Over Control of Reedy Creek District
Disney has taken legal action against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a self-governing district that includes Walt Disney World. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Circuit Court, claims that the governor has overstepped his authority by attempting to appoint a board of supervisors to the district.
Disney has argued that the Reedy Creek Improvement District is a special-purpose government that is not subject to the governor’s control. The district was created in 1967 by the Florida Legislature to provide services to the Walt Disney World Resort, including fire protection, waste management, and infrastructure maintenance.
Disney has argued that the governor’s attempt to appoint a board of supervisors to the district is unconstitutional and violates the district’s autonomy. The lawsuit seeks to block the governor’s action and to have the court declare that the district is not subject to the governor’s control.
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal battles between Disney and the state of Florida. In recent years, Disney has been involved in disputes over taxes, labor laws, and environmental regulations. This latest lawsuit is likely to be closely watched by both sides, as it could have far-reaching implications for the future of the Reedy Creek Improvement District.