The Walt Disney Company appeased the woke mob by opposing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s legislation protecting schoolchildren from being taught sexual perversion. Now it’s paying the price.
A federal judge upheld DeSantis’s right to revoke Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, the Conservative Brief reported. The decades-old sweetheart deal had given the company tax, zoning, and other breaks.
“I’m just not comfortable having that type of agenda get special treatment in my state,” DeSantis on April 22 as he signed State Bill 4-C that canceled the theme park and entertainment company’s privileges. That move eliminated tax breaks and suddenly required Disney theme parks to conform to local zoning requirements and inspections.
This legislation came following CEO Bob Chapek’s promise to work against the governor’s legislation that barred sexual orientation and transgender ideology from state K-3 curricula. Opponents had dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which mobilized LGBT groups against the state law, Fox Business reported.
The challenge to rolling back the Reedy Creek Improvement District centered on claims from three residents of Orange and Osceola contending they would be negatively impacted. They claimed breach of contract on the part of the state, violation of free speech rights, and higher taxes for residents.
U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, tossed out the case based on the plaintiffs’ lack of standing, among other objections. The judge ruled that the law “does not apply to them, they do not allege direct harm as a result of the challenged law, and they do not plausibly allege any credible threat of direct harm in the future.”
The Reedy Creek Improvement District was created in 1967 to facilitate Disney World’s construction. The state legislature established the district citing a lack of resources in Osceola and Orange counties to get the project done.
The deal with Disney was based on its good-faith relationship with Florida. However, the new leadership is no longer interested in such a relationship — and that decision will cost them dearly.