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Governor Ron DeSantis Plan To End Disney’s “Corporate Kingdom”

Governor Ron DeSantis released his plan to transform Disney’s “Corporate Kingdom” aka Reedy Creek Improvement District on Monday. The Florida Legislature will take up the matter in an upcoming special session: Here is the statement from the Governor’s office:


In 1967, the Florida Legislature created the Reedy Creek Improvement District (the District), which gifted extraordinary special privileges to a single corporation. Until Governor DeSantis acted, the Walt Disney Company maintained sole control over the District. This power amounted to an unaccountable corporate kingdom.

Florida is dissolving the Corporate Kingdom and beginning a new era of accountability and transparency. The legislation:

Permanently eliminates Disney’s self-governing status.

Imposes a state-controlled, term-limited board – with members appointed by the governor – on Disney and its property.

Allows the state to impose taxes on Disney for possible road projects outside of the District’s boundaries.

Ensures that Disney pays the $700+ million in unsecured debt – not Florida taxpayers.

Provides no control of the district to the leftist local government in Orange County, which threatened to leverage the situation to raise local taxes.

Imposes Florida law so that Disney is no longer given preferential treatment.

Prevents Disney from gaining more land by eminent domain.

Creates an avenue to compel Disney to contribute to local infrastructure.

These actions ensure a state-controlled district accountable to the people instead of a corporate-controlled kingdom.

In contrast, some of the now-revoked powers that were formerly granted to the Walt Disney Company included:

Full self-governing status with a Disney-selected board.

The ability to build airports and nuclear facilities.

Acquisition of property beyond the District’s territory by condemnation and eminent domain.

Unilateral boundary changes.
No-bid procurements of construction contracts.

Operating standards that varied from Florida Statute.

Exemptions from regulatory reviews and approvals that other companies must navigate.

“Wakanda Voters Guide” Could Not Save Dale Holness From Crushing Defeat

Dale Holness & Wakanda Voters Guide

Feeling the Democratic nomination for US Congress CD 20 slipping away, a desperate Dale Holness called upon a Marvel superhero for help. Holness campaign workers in Lauderhill were pictured with the “Wakanda Voters Guide.” To those unfamiliar with the Marvel Universe, Wakanda is the home of The Black Panther. T’Challa did not come to Holness’ rescue.

Tuesday’s primary defeat at the hands of Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick marks the end of the once-vaunted Holness political machine. Holness, the self-declared heir apparent to Alcee Hastings, could not muster 17,000 votes in his second race Cherfilus-McCormick. As usual, Team Holness resorted to shady PACs and palm cards in an effort to fool Broward voters.

Dubbed “The Real Black Vote,” the card passed to Lauderhill voters featured images of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama. The card promoted Dale Holness and his allies. The others candidates on the “Wakanda Voters Guide” included Charlie Crist, Hazelle Rogers, Bobby DuBose and Holness’ cousin Jeff Holness.

The card has a uncanny resemblance to the Our Blue Broward and The Black Vote cards passed out across Broward.

Clearly, Team Holness (paging Marlon Bolton) lacked approval from Marvel and parent company Disney to use Wakanda in the piece.

But in the end, justice was served. Dale Holness remains a civilian.

Excelsior!

Dale Holness, two-time loser.