UPDATE: DeSantis Not Backing Down, Rips Disney Lawsuit

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Largo, Fla. DeSantis was updating residents of the path of Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • DeSantis’ office quickly criticized the Disney lawsuit, which came after a series of changes that included replacing the Reedy Creek Improvement District board.
  • Disney had effectively controlled the district, which gave it power over issues such as land use, fire protection and sewer services that are typically handled by local governments.
  • “We are unaware of any legal right that a company has to operate its own government or maintain special privileges not held by other businesses in the state,” DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske said in a statement.