In the final days of controlling the Reedy Creek improvement district’s board, Disney executives and attorneys have been said to have found a way to diminish some of the authority that was to be given to the board members appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
According to the new board members, who are known as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight board, and their attorneys who are now known as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight board, and their attorneys, Disney is allowed the maximum possible density and building heights inside Walt Disney World. Other property owners will need Disney’s permission to expand within the district, and they and Reedy Creek leaders will need to seek Disney’s approval if they made any aesthetic changes to their properties within the district.
The district is also not allowed to permit advertisements of any companies that compete with ones that operate within Reedy Creek, board members said.
“We lose control over everything other than to maintain the roads and maintain the infrastructure,” one board member said.
Board members said they found out about the agreement after their appointments.
Both they and their newly appointed attorneys called the agreement various synonyms of insane and extreme, and said its sheer scale should make it null and void.
Taryn Fenske, communications director for the Office of Governor DeSantis, released the following statement:
“The Executive Office of the Governor is aware of Disney’s last-ditch efforts to execute contracts just before ratifying the new law that transfers rights and authorities from the former Reedy Creek Improvement District to Disney. An initial review suggests these agreements may have significant legal infirmities that would render the contracts void as a matter of law. We are pleased the new Governor-appointed board retained multiple financial and legal firms to conduct audits and investigate Disney’s past behavior.”
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