(GoRealNewsNow.com) – The Walt Disney Co. has sued Florida Governor DeSantis and his five-member board overseeing the former Reedy Creek Improvement District in federal court.
Disney alleges that the government is conducting a targeted retaliation campaign against the company due to its opposition to the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. This law prohibits teaching sex and gender-based education to most elementary school students.
Disney’s lawsuit comes after the DeSantis-appointed oversight board voided agreements between Disney and the board governing the 25,000-acre resort complex in Orlando.
These contracts laid the foundation for billions of dollars in Disney investments and thousands of jobs. The company claims that the government’s actions threaten its business operations and economic future in the region and violate its constitutional rights.
The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, which replaced the Reedy Creek Improvement District, has authority over matters such as taxation and public works maintenance in the area around the Disney theme parks. Governor DeSantis removed Disney’s control of the district following their criticism of the “Don’t Say Gay” law. A spokesman for DeSantis called Disney’s lawsuit an attempt to undermine the will of Florida voters.
In February, a deal was made granting Disney the authority to oversee zoning and development in the district for the next 30 years. However, DeSantis criticized the agreement and vowed to nullify it. The board appointed by DeSantis has since promised to undo the development agreement.
Florida legislators are also considering a transportation bill requiring state oversight of the monorail system serving Walt Disney World. This bill would give the state power to shut down the systems to ensure safety and welfare. DeSantis has expressed support for the measure.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed that 44% of Republican respondents held a more positive view of Governor DeSantis due to his stance against Disney. Disney CEO Bob Iger has called DeSantis’ actions “anti-business” and “anti-Florida” but expressed willingness to discuss the situation with the governor.
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