DeSantis' Central Florida Tourism Oversight District says Florida government officials should bring more reforms to the Disney district

Dec 06, 2023 in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday December 6, 2023 1:28pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In today's meeting of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, board members spent almost three hours discussing an audit that was commissioned to investigate the financial and governance of Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District.

CFTOD chairman Martin Garcia said that for many years, Disney did not pay impact fees within the district, resulting in the surrounding area bearing the financial burden for public services. He claimed that Reedy Creek failed to fulfill promises to Florida, such as creating housing, which has caused avoidable quality of life issues for district employees. It should be noted that Disney has a project underway to bring 1,300 units to 80 acres of land in southwest Orange County, Florida, for an affordable housing development.

The CFTOD commissioned audit also details what it says are inappropriate tactics by Disney, leading to benefits at the expense of local taxpayers, vendors, and even the federal government. It alleges that Disney sold utility operations to the district at potentially unfair prices and concealed tax income.

Speaking of the original 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement District act, Garcia said it was a "Pandora's box, a curse disguised in the form of a beautiful gift. Now that the truth is out, Florida lawmakers and government officials should expel the curse with more reforms to the district."

You can read the full CFTOD audit of Reedy Creek Improvement District here.

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Batman'sParents1 hour ago

New Article about the RFP for the operation assessment issued by the district: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2024/02/21/disney-district-contract-bidders.html Twenty-one prospective bidders have filed proposals in response to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District's request for operational assessment proposals. The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District oversees the 39-square-mile governing jurisdiction and special taxing district created in 1968 for Walt Disney World Resort's (NYSE: DIS) land that acts with the same authority and responsibility as a county government. The district’s leadership is seeking a prioritized list of reform strategies with associated action plans for implementation. Orlando-based Fischer Consulting LLC is one of the bidders, and CEO Lance Fischer said in his view, a successful assessment boils down to basics, emphasizing the fundamentals of running and fine-tuning an organization: "a few business principles, good training at every level and communication.” Fischer said he hopes the district decides to keep the opportunity local, given its impact on the community. The four Central Florida bidders are Diane Meiller & Associates, Epic Engineering & Consulting Group LLC, Fischer Consulting and Intintolo Advisors LLC. Also in Central Florida, Brite Hire LLC and Sharity Inc. submitted bids but since have pulled out. CEO Tiffany Hughes of Brite Hire said instead she will focus on the Veterans Small Business and Buy Local Program Outreach & Implementation Services contract. President Carol Wick of Sharity said her firm decided not to move forward for a variety of reasons. The remaining 17 bidders are from other parts of Florida and around the U.S. Central Florida Tourism Oversight District operational assessment bidders: 2Cubed Technologies, Inc https://2cubed.io/home/ 2879 Star Opal Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 Subcontractor [/LIST] 65th North Group LLC https://www.65thnorth.com/ 2598 E. Sunrise Blvd., Suite 2104, Fort Lauderdale 33304 Prime contractor [/LIST] Adapteon Inc. https://go-adapteon.com/ 1415 Piedmont Drive East, Tallahassee 32308 Prime contractor [/LIST] Adekoya Business Consulting LLC https://adekoyabc.com/ 506 2nd Ave., Suite 1400, Seattle, Washington 98023 Prime contractor [/LIST] Agilify LLC 7117 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 Prime contractor [/LIST] Ahvanguard LLC https://www.ahvanguard.com/ 2655 Ulmerton Road, #146, Clearwater 33762 Prime contractor [/LIST] Baker Tilly US LLP https://www.bakertilly.com/ 205 N. Michigan Ave., 28th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601 Prime contractor [/LIST] Change by Design https://changebydesign.us/ P.O. Box 1362, Tallahassee 32302 Prime contractor [/LIST] Diane Meiller & Associates https://www.meillerassociates.com/ 17301 Pagonia Road, Suite 110, Clermont 32814 Prime contractor [/LIST] Epic Engineering & Consulting Group LLC https://epicgroupllc.com/ 1049 Willa Springs Drive, Suite 1001, Winter Springs 32708 Prime contractor [/LIST] Fischer Consulting LLC https://go-fc.com/ 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Suite 400, Orlando 32827 Prime contractor [/LIST] Guidehouse Inc. https://guidehouse.com/ 1676 International Drive, Suite 800, McLean, Virginia 22102 Prime contractor [/LIST] Intintolo Advisors LLC https://intintolo.com/ 614 E. Highway 50, Suite 208, Clermont 34711 Subcontractor [/LIST] Laser Focus Leadership Solutions LLC https://www.mylaserfocus.com/ P.O. Box 24451, Lakeland 33802 Prime contractor [/LIST] Matrix Consulting Group Ltd. https://www.matrixcg.net/ 1650 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 213, San Mateo 94402 Prime contractor [/LIST] Mauldin & Jenkins LLC https://www.mjcpa.com/ 1401 Manatee Ave W, Suite 1200, Bradenton 34205 Prime contractor [/LIST] MGT of America Consulting LLC https://www.mgtconsulting.com/ 4320 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 200, Tampa 33609 Prime contractor [/LIST] Summit Optimization Group LLC https://summitog.com/ 2241 Hillwood Ct., Lizella, Georgia 31052 Prime contractor [/LIST] The Greentree Group, Inc. https://www.greentreegroup.com/ 1360 Technology Court, Suite 100, Beavercreek, Ohio 45430 Prime contractor [/LIST] ZKR Consulting LLC 7649 Grandview Blvd., Miramar 33023 Prime contractor [/LIST] Special districts in Florida and elsewhere The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District is not one of a kind. While the district has gotten a lot of attention — previously as Reedy Creek Improvement District until it was replaced in 2023 — there are 1,800 special taxing districts in Florida and 51,000 nationwide. Such government districts are created for a variety of reasons, like providing public improvements, community facilities and services.

JKick9519 hours ago

Please excuse my ignorance. Is he traveling to California for this? Or is this just a Zoom call?

DCBaker1 day ago

Disney has filed a Notice of Taking Deposition for Glen Gilzean in the CFTOD vs Disney case.

JoeCamel4 days ago

I think it's just a way to say "we are exploring all options"

Stripes4 days ago

They’re just looking to negotiate who is going to pay the lawyers.

Figgy14 days ago

mmascari4 days ago

Interesting. Not sure how they can settle the federal case. The other two should be simple to settle if that's really a goal.

flyakite4 days ago

From Orlando Sentinel: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 9:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as practicable, the Board of Supervisors of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District will meet in regular session at 1900 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. At that time and in addition to other business on the agenda, the Board of Supervisors will conduct readings and public hearings on and consider for adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 659 A RESOLUTION OF THE CENTRAL FLORIDA TOURISM OVERSIGHT DISTRICT ADOPTING A SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICY. RESOLUTION NO. 660 A RESOLUTION OF THE CENTRAL FLORIDA TOURISM OVERSIGHT DISTRICT ADOPTING AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN. Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and hearing to be heard with respect to the proposed resolutions. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. By: Alycia Mills, District Clerk Central Florida Tourism Oversight District CENTRAL FLORIDA TOURISM OVERSIGHT DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CLOSED-DOOR MEETING On Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. or soon thereafter as the progression of the Board’s regular meeting permits, pursuant to Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, the Board of Supervisors of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District will commence a public meeting and then meet in an Attorney/Client Executive Closed Session to discuss strategy and settlement negotiations related to litigation expenditures in the following cases: - Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. v. DeSantis, et. al., N.D. Fla. Case No. 4:23-cv-00163-MW-MJF (On appeal to the Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals) - Central Florida Tourism Oversight District v. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., Orange County Circuit Court Case No. 2023-CA- 011818-O. - Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. v. Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, Orange County Circuit Court Case No. 2023-CA-017887-O The persons in attendance at the closed-door meeting will be Board of Supervisor members, Chair - Martin Garcia, Vice-Chair - Charbel Barakat, Brian Aungst, Jr., Ron Peri, and Bridget Ziegler; District Administrator Glenton Gilzean; Acting General Counsel Daniel Langley and/or A. Kurt Ardaman; and litigation counsel Paul Huck. The closed-door meeting will be held at 1900 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

mkt5 days ago

Things changed.

PsylockeSmythe5 days ago

Back when my wife worked at Disneyland in her late teens, it was a guy to played Tinkerbelle and flew through the air. Psy

mkt6 days ago

It’s a woman. I know several of the performers personally. 5 foot tall and both super slender and absolutely ripped.

mkt6 days ago

Sometimes, outside counsel handles those too. Also compliance stuff.

DCBaker9 days ago

Here's the full agenda packet for the Pollution Control Board meeting this Thursday. https://www.oversightdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/02.15.24_Pollution-Control-Board-Meeting-Agenda-Packet.pdf

peter1143512 days ago

Not really a rumor. Both Disney and the governor have stated this.