Today the Florida senate has passed the bill that will take away the special Reedy Creek Improvement District that Walt Disney World has had since 1967.
The bill passed 23-16 with all Republican senators except Sen. Jeff Brandes of Pinellas Park voting in favor of the dissolution.
Democratic senators are calling this a bullying tactic against Disney for their opposition to the Parental Rights in Education Bill, aka “Don’t Say Gay” bill. To be fair it does seem to be the case here, but Disney has been known to “bully” others when they want something as well. Like reassessment of taxes or confirmation of certain presidential candidates.
Those who wear glass slippers shouldn’t throw stones?
The downside is that it’s going to impact a few other special districts that will also be dissolved due to the bill.
Others have pointed out that it could also thrust some of the Disney debt onto the tax payers in Orange and Osceola counties.
No matter how you look at it, it’s a big mess.
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