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Ron DeSantis takes purpose at Disney, vows to void Florida theme park growth settlement By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks throughout his 2022 U.S. midterm elections evening occasion in Tampa, Florida, U.S., November 8, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Picture

(Reuters) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ramped up his struggle in opposition to Walt Disney (NYSE:) Co, looking for to void an settlement that Disney handed to restrict the ability of a board appointed by DeSantis to supervise its Florida theme park property.

On Thursday in remarks made at Hillsdale Faculty in Michigan, DeSantis mentioned the legislature would void adjustments Disney made shortly earlier than it misplaced management of the board.

“They don’t seem to be superior to the individuals of Florida. And so come hell or excessive water, we will be sure that coverage of Florida carries the day,” the Florida governor mentioned.

“We’ll take a look at issues like taxes on inns, we will take a look at issues like tolls on the roads, we will take a look at issues like creating a number of the property that the district owns,” added DeSantis, extensively thought of a 2024 presidential candidate.

Disney didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon DeSantis’ remarks. Nonetheless, earlier within the week, Chief Government Bob Iger fired again at DeSantis, saying his obvious retaliation in opposition to Disney for taking a place on laws was “anti-business.” Disney opposed Florida’s Parental Rights in Training Act – referred to by opponents because the “Do not Say Homosexual” invoice – that restricts classroom dialogue of sexual orientation and gender id.

Florida lawmakers handed a invoice in February giving DeSantis efficient management over a board that oversees municipal companies and growth in a particular district that encompasses Walt Disney World resort.

Nonetheless, earlier than the takeover by DeSantis’s appointees, Disney pushed by way of adjustments to the particular tax district settlement that restrict the board’s motion for many years.

“What Disney has tried to do is that they have tried to say that they need to be capable to function outdoors the context of our constitutional system in Florida,” DeSantis mentioned on Thursday.

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