A measure authorizing a tourism board created by Republican governor Ron DeSantis to manage Disney World and revoke any agreements reportedly reached in the three months prior to the board’s inception was adopted by the Florida legislature on Thursday.
The legislation, which will soon be sent to DeSantis’ desk, would give the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board the power to revoke a last-minute Disney agreement that essentially weakened the governor’s attempts to exercise more authority over the Florida theme park.
The measure is the most recent development in DeSantis’ on-going spat with Disney.
Since Disney World challenged the state of Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” rule last year, the governor has attempted to take away Disney World’s particular autonomy.
From kindergarten through third grade, the Parental Rights in Education Act prohibited classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity; this ban has since been extended through high school.
Disney and the former board of the Reedy Creek Improvement District inked an agreement granting the business development control over the park just before DeSantis’ newly appointed board was scheduled to take over.
The DeSantis-backed board decided last week to nullify the agreement on the grounds that Reedy Creek lacked the power to decide issues within the Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista city limits.