Ron DeSantis proposes to invalidate the development agreement between the governor and Disney
The state senator Blaise Ingoglia drafted an amendment following the command of Ron DeSantis. The new amendment aims to invalidate the development agreement between the governor and Walt Disney World regarding the special taxing district that limits the governor’s power in the district.
The company claims that Goveror Ron DeSantis is targeting them for holding an opposing stance. What does it mean for Walt Disney World? Get all the details below.
The new amendment to regain control over the district
The new amendment will be presented before the Senate Rules Committee to end what the governor calls a “sham agreement.” This agreement limits the governor’s control over the changes made to the Reedy Creek Improvement District’s governing board. The appointees have limited power over what they can do to the special district that is home to the resorts and theme parks of Walt Disney World.
In February, the Disney-backed governing board outmaneuvered Gov. DeSantis by entering into a restrictive covenant agreement and last-minute development with the company. It allows the company to sign any governor-controlled changes to the board.
However, the senator’s new SB 1604 amendment voids this covenant by prohibiting the special district from entering into a development agreement within three months of a new board. The new amendment also enables a governor-appointed board called the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board to readopt and review any agreements approved by the board.
The senator told in a news conference that they mean to wrench control from the company’s hands and return it to the state. According to him, one corporation holding power over hand and development is unconscionable, and this power must return to its people.
Disney voiced an opposing stance against Parental Rights Bill
The feud between Disney and Governor Ron DeSantis started when the former voiced its opinion against the Parental Rights in Education Bill. This bill prohibits educational institutions from offering gender identity instructions in some grades.
The company CEO remarked this move was anti-business and anti-Florida. Legal analysts believe the amendment can be declared unconstitutional. They also lean in favor of Disney. According to US and Florida constitutions, the government cannot impair existing contracts.
Repealing the covenant is also a violation of the first amendment that allows Disney the right to speech. Disney can argue that the government is punishing or bullying them for taking an opposing stance.