DeSantis Takes Control Over Disney District Board

  • Florida lawmakers granted Gov. Ron DeSantis effective control of the board that oversees development in and around Walt Disney Co’s central Florida theme parks, escalating the Republican’s battle with the emblematic company.
  • The bill, which received final legislative approval Friday, gives the governor the authority to appoint five supervisors to run what is now known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a quasi-government entity with oversight of the 25,000 acres surrounding the Walt Disney World resort.
  • The board members will be confirmed by the Senate, and will have no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the theme parks.
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