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DeSantis Calls For Probe Into Disney World Special District

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked Florida’s chief inspector general, Melinda Miguel, to investigate the Walt Disney Company’s alleged efforts to limit state oversight of development at Disney World Monday.

DeSantis initially moved to dissolve Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District and end the company’s self-governing privileges which allowed it to control its own civil functions, including development, as a county government would, but changed course to avoid tax consequences for surrounding districts. DeSantis ultimately replaced the board governing Reedy Creek with a governor-controlled one, but Disney passed a new development agreement in February that heavily limited the incoming board’s power and gave the company considerable power over future construction.

DeSantis claimed the board acted improperly, and the new agreements are invalid. Read more…

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