FL GOP Threatens Disney’s Unique Self-Government

Click Orlando reports:

The Reedy Creek Improvement District—created by state lawmakers in 1967—acts as Walt Disney World’s own government with two cities and land in Orange and Osceola counties.

“In effect, they’re their own city out there. They can zone the way they want. They can do things the way they want. They can even build a nuclear power plant if they want,” News 6 political analyst Jim Clark said.

Those rights are now being discussed among some Florida lawmakers who are thinking about repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967. “It would be a disaster for Disney. One of the reasons they came here in the mid-60s was the legislature’s promise that they could have self-government,” Clark said.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Republicans are more willing to criticize large corporations like Disney for what they consider to be “woke” stances, but they haven’t declined their money.

Since the beginning of 2021, Disney made at least $2.2 million in political donations and in-kind contributions to state candidates and political committees with about 80% going to Republicans and conservative-leaning groups, according to a review of campaign finance records.

Disney has donated at least $106,000 to the Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee since 2018. Rep. Spencer Roach [photo], who wants to take on Disney’s special treatment in Florida law, has gotten $17,000.

Under the Reedy Creek Act, Disney operates its own fire and police departments and has unique jurisdiction over roads, zoning, and a myriad of other issues. The second video below tells the story.