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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says it's unfortunate Disney have cancelled Lake Nona Project

As Disney announce that it has cancelled the project to relocate its Imagineering department from California to Lake Nona in East Orlando, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says it's "unfortunate"


Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says it's unfortunate Disney have cancelled Lake Nona Project

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has issued a statement following todays decision by Disney to cancel the relocation of Walt Disney Imagineering from California to Lake Nona.


Demings says it's "unfortunate" Disney won't move forward with Lake Nona Project, and in an apparent dig at Florida Goivenor Ron DeSantis and his war against Disney in Orlando, he commented, "these are the consequences when there isn’t an inclusive and collaborative work environment between the state of Florida and the business community.:


This comes on the back of reports that insiders with knowledge of the plans to cancel the Lake Nona project , say that the decision was in direct response to the war DeSantis is waging against Disney here in Florida, and that it has figured greatly in Disney’s decision to cancel the Lake Nona project.


Here is Mayor Demings full statement:

"It is unfortunate that Disney will not be moving forward with construction of the Lake Nona campus. However, these are the consequences when there isn't an inclusive and collaborative work environment between the state of Florida and the business community. We will continue to work closely with our valued partners at Disney.


Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor


The now cancelled project would have led to 2,000+ jobs in Orlando, including the relocation of more than 1,000 employees from Disney Imagineering in California.


In a letter to employees today, Josh D’Amaro, Disney’s theme park and consumer products chairman, cited “changing business conditions” as a reason for canceling the Lake Nona project. “I remain optimistic about the direction of our Walt Disney World business,” Mr. D’Amaro said in the memo. He noted that $17 billion was still earmarked for construction at Disney World over the next decade — growth that would create an estimated 13,000 jobs. “I hope we’re able to,” he said in an apparent dig at Ron DeSantis


Disney announce that it has cancelled the project to relocate its Imagineering department from California to Lake Nona

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