Update: Reedy Creek Hands are Tied as Governor DeSantis’ Plan Steams Forward

Reedy Creek
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Leaders of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement met for the first time this year on January 25. It’s the first time the district’s board of supervisors have met since the governor said he plans to put the district under direct state control. Many expected this plan to be front and center of the directors meeting but… it wasn’t. 

Instead, the board of supervisors discussed business as usual, ignoring their impending doom. Rather than putting up a fight, Reedy Creek is continuing to make improvements and future plans, basically ignoring any attempt to steer the conversation to Governor Ron DeSantis or the impending dissolution of the district. 

Related: New Poll Shows ResidentsDo Not Support Gov. DeSantis’ Plan to Strip Reedy Creek of its Privileges 

District administrator John Classe stated, “We’re still business as usual because anything can change. Nothing is set in stone until it goes through the process and is started … we will just stay focused on our business day-to-day.” 

Another member echoed similar thoughts saying, “We don’t have a choice. We are staying the course until told otherwise” 


The January 25th meeting included discussion on the impending improvements to World Drive among other pressing issues. For now, it seems as though Disney and Reedy Creek are choosing an Ostrich approach to the relatiltory measures Governor DeSantis is imposing on Disney by barring their head in the sand. Neither Disney nor Reedy Creek have filed litigation to stop the takeover. 

Reedy Creek

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Reedy Creek board chair Laurence C. Hames seemed to confirm the Ostrich approach saying , “I’m just watching the process unfold like everyone else.” It seems as though Reedy Creek recognizes its hands are tied as they simply wait for the end to come.

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DeSantis is planning a full steam ahead approach to the district’s dissolution though so ignoring it won’t make it go away as the June 1, 2023, deadline for the governmental takeover approaches. In a statement, DeSantis representative Taryn Fenske said, “The corporate kingdom has come to an end. Under the proposed legislation, Disney will no longer control its own government, will live under the same laws as everyone else, will be responsible for their outstanding debts, and will pay their fair share of taxes. Imposing a state-controlled board will also ensure that Orange County cannot use this issue as a pretext to raise taxes on Orange County residents.”


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