Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District has become a hot topic over the last year as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a push toward dismantling the special district following a feud with the Walt Disney Company in 2022.
The proposed changes were first discussed by the DeSantis administration during the fallout over Disney’s opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay” (Parental Rights in Education) bill last year. Earlier this week, a bill was issued for the Florida state legislature with details of a potential restructuring of the area’s special districts, notably Reedy Creek Improvement District. Today, Friday, February 10, 2023, the Florida state senate has passed the bill.
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The changes proposed in the bill that has now been passed by the senate included several details that would change the future of Disney’s Reedy Creek and how it is managed. Notably, the name Reedy Creek Improvement District would change to “Central Florida Tourism Oversight District,” and the district’s board would be made up of five members, all appointed by DeSantis.
With confirmation from the Orlando Business Journal that the bill passed through the Florida legislature, it has moved on to DeSantis where the change could be signed into law. If signed, the original plan calls for the changes to take place by this summer.
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A special meeting also took place earlier this week to go over proposed amendments to the original bill, however, the legislature has passed the bill in its original form with no changes made to the number of board members, how they would be appointed, and additional stipulations.
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We at Disney Tips will continue to monitor updates to Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District and will report back with additional information as it is available.