DeSantis Defends Florida Policy Against Disney
Speaking at Hillsdale College in Michigan, DeSantis stated that the Florida legislature would void changes made by Disney shortly before it lost control of the board, emphasizing that Florida's policy would prevail regardless of Disney's actions.
Exploring Taxes and Property Development
DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, mentioned potential measures such as taxes on hotels, tolls on roads, and developing property owned by the district to challenge Disney's influence.
Disney's Response to DeSantis' Remarks
Disney has not yet commented on DeSantis' remarks, but earlier in the week, CEO Bob Iger criticized DeSantis' actions as "anti-business." Disney had opposed Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act, which restricts classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity.
DeSantis Gains Control Over Special District Board
In February, Florida lawmakers passed a bill granting DeSantis effective control over a board responsible for overseeing municipal services and development within the special district, including the Walt Disney World resort.
Disney's Attempt to Limit Board's Power
Before DeSantis's appointees took over, Disney changed the special tax district agreement to restrict the board's actions for decades. DeSantis criticized Disney for attempting to operate outside of Florida's constitutional system.