Ron DeSantis Signs Law That Strips Disney Of Control Of Special District Covering Florida Theme Parks

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that strips The Walt Disney Co. of its 55-year control over a special district covering its Florida theme parks.

The move — punishment after the company spoke out against DeSantis’ parental rights legislation last year — means that he will appoint the members of the five-member Reedy Creek Improvement District board.

At a signing ceremony held at a fire station on the Disney property, DeSantis said of the company, “When you lose your way, you got to have people who are going to tell you the truth.”

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DeSantis also announced his nominees for the board, which are subject to Florida Senate approval.

The board members will have oversight over the special district’s infrastructure and services, but DeSantis also referred to Disney’s content decisions. “I think that all of these board members very much would like to see the type of entertainment that all families can appreciate.”

DeSantis championed the move to strip Disney of its control of the special district following the company’s opposition to the parental rights bill, dubbed the “don’t say gay” law, but he and other supporters of the legislation say that it also ends special treatment for one corporation.

“Now Disney is going to be treated like Sea World is treated, and that is really the fair thing to do,” he said.

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