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DeSantis boasts ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ in spat against Disney & Reedy Creek agreement

It's quite clear now that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is none too happy with Disney, and he is clearly mad that Disney have made a fool out of him in public.

His political rivals in his own party are openly suggesting that the governor had been out-maneuvered by Disney.

Taylor Budowich, spokesman for the Donald Trump-aligned Make America Great Again PAC said “Ron DeSantis just got out-negotiated by Mickey Mouse.”


Of course, we are now seeing a push back from the governor who will not want to be seen loosing a battle against Disney.


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Already, Christina Pushaw, of DeSantis’ rapid response team said "Governor DeSantis’ new board would not, and will not, allow Disney to give THEMSELVES unprecedented power over land (some of which isn’t even theirs!) for 30+ years"


And we have seen the office of state Attorney General Ashley Moody swing into action, making an official request for the procurement of all pertinent records, emails, text messages, and other correspondences relevant to negotiations between the now-defunct Reedy Creek Improvement District and Disney.


The latest is that today, Friday, March 31, Gov DeSantis has said “There’s a lot of little back-and-forths going on now with the state taking control, but rest assured, you know, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” telling a crowd in Smyrna, Georgia. “There’s more to come in that regard.”


What is to come is unknown, for now...


Florida Attorney General weighs in, requests records on deal made between Disney & Reedy Creek

SO HOW DID DISNEY MANAGE TO PULL THE WOOL OVER THE GOVENORS EYES?


On February. 8, 2023, as the Florida House was passing legislation to give DeSantis his new power, Reedy Creek’s board members signed a development agreement with Disney that allowed the company maximum developmental power over its territory for the next 30 years.


According to the new board members of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight board, and their attorneys, Disney is allowed the maximum possible density and building heights inside Walt Disney World.


Other property owners will need Disney’s permission to expand within the district, and they and Reedy Creek leaders will need to seek Disney’s approval if they made any aesthetic changes to their properties within the district.


The district is also not allowed to permit advertisements of any companies that compete with ones that operate within Reedy Creek, board members said. “We lose control over everything other than to maintain the roads and maintain the infrastructure,” one board member said.


It appears that board members only discovered the agreement after their appointments!


Both they and their newly appointed attorneys called the agreement null and void.


Particular focus was paid to one section that board members said locked in development rights of a particular parcel until 21 years after the death of the youngest current descendant of King Charles, or until Disney abandons the resort.


Board members have hired multiple politically-connected law firms to represent them and analyze the agreement, and discussed bringing on as many as four different firms to battle the mighty Disney corporation as they desperately attempt to nullify the agreement.


The new board are claiming that they will take the case to the United States Supreme Court if necessary, although backtracking on this, some board members said they hoped Disney executives and attorneys would be willing to reach a compromise before any legal action was taken...


Disney then issued the following statement:


“All agreements signed between Disney and the District were appropriate, and were discussed and approved in open, noticed public forums in compliance with Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law.”


With both sides appearing to be gearing up for a legal battle. It’s unclear what further actions the DeSantis administration might take in response to Disney’s one-upmanship, but it's very clear that Gov DeSantis is not a happy man right now!


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