DeSantis Backs Call To Strip Disney’s Self-Government

CNN Business reports:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signaled support for stripping Disney of its 55-year-old special status that allows the entertainment company to operate as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme parks.

“Disney has alienated a lot of people now,” DeSantis said at a West Palm Beach press conference. “And so the political influence they’re used to wielding, I think has dissipated. And so the question is, why would you want to have special privileges in the law at all? And I don’t think that that we should.”

Lawmakers recently concluded their legislative business for the year and would not be able to repeal the act until they meet again next year, unless DeSantis or legislative leaders convene a special session to address it.

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Walt Disney World is 40 square miles in size and straddles two central Florida counties. (Miami is 36 square miles.)

The 1967 Reedy Creek Act grants them their own fire and police departments as well as unique jurisdiction over roads, zoning, waste treatment, and the myriad of other issues normally controlled by local governments.

The video below explains how it works.