Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is set to unveil new measures against Disney after the entertainment giant’s sneaky move to neuter a newly formed state oversight board that was set to have authority over the area where its sprawling theme parks are located near Orlando.
The popular Republican leader reacted to the outgoing board’s pushing through of new restrictive covenants that would allow Disney to maintain control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District in perpetuity by ominously warning that the “story’s not over yet,” and now the next act in the increasingly ugly war between the governor and the House of Mouse is set to unfold.
“What they tried to do is an embarrassment,” a senior DeSantis administration source told the New York Post. “The narrative the left is spinning is that Gov. DeSantis was outmaneuvered. But this is far from over, and he’s going to have the last laugh.”
The governor will soon announce plans by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature to void the move by Disney that would have rendered the new oversight board effectively powerless until “21 years after the death of the last survivor of the descendants of King Charles III, king of England living as of the date of this declaration,” ensuring that the Burbank-based company would never lose control over the area.
Officials blasted the last-ditch maneuver as an illegal “poison pill” and said that the measure would swiftly be reversed by the legislature.
“They got used to doing whatever they wanted for far too long,” one source told the Post. “Not this time.
“He’s not afraid of a fight on this,” the source added of the governor.
DeSantis recently addressed Disney’s dirty trick during an appearance at Hillsdale College in Michigan, putting the company on notice that there would be hell to pay.
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“Now that Disney has reopened this issue we’re not just gonna void the development agreement they tried to do, we’re gonna look at things like taxes on the hotels,” he said. “We’re gonna look at things like tolls on the roads, we’re gonna look at things like developing some of the property that the district owns and so at the end of the day I think what Disney has tried to do is they’ve tried to say that they should be able to operate outside the context of our constitutional system in Florida.”
“No, we took this action prior to the election, we won overwhelmingly, they are not superior to the people of Florida, and so come hell or high water we’re gonna make sure that that policy of Florida carries the day and so, they can keep trying to do things but ultimately, we’re going to win on every single issue involving Disney, I can tell you that,’ DeSantis said.
“The Florida Legislature and Governor DeSantis worked to put Disney on an even playing field,” the governor’s communications chief Taryn Fenske is quoted by the New York Post. “Disney got caught red-handed attempting to undermine Florida’s duly enacted legislation.”
The company’s attempt to thwart DeSantis was more fodder for former President Donald J. Trump who continues to slash away at his top rival for the 2024 GOP nomination whom he mocked for getting “outplayed, outsmarted, and embarrassed by Mickey Mouse and Disney.”
DeSantis, who has yet to declare his candidacy for the White House, will now have his turn at bat and he’s set to use it to bash Disney like a piñata.
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