Courthouse News Service reports:
The Walt Disney Company shot back late Thursday against the authority claimed by a Florida-backed oversight board to void agreements giving Disney control of the special district where its theme park is located.
It contends that the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District is essentially the same entity as the previous board, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which passed two last-minute development deals that ceded control of most operations in the 25,000-acre district to the theme park.
Disney argues that DeSantis and his appointed oversight board chose to void the development agreements not for any “reasonable state interest,” but to “further an official State campaign of retaliation against Disney for expressing a viewpoint that Governor DeSantis and his legislative allies disagree with.”
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— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) August 18, 2023