DeSantis' Central Florida Tourism Oversight District fires more senior employees from the Disney Reedy Creek era

Nov 22, 2023 in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday November 22, 2023 8:35am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Ron DeSantis-appointed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District continues to remove senior employees appointed by the former Reedy Creek Improvement District.

According to an internal email obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Eryka Washington Perry, director of communications, and Jason Middleton, chief of human resources, and an administrative assistant and facilities maintenance specialist have been fired this week.

As Reedy Creek employees are removed, CFTOD administrator Glen Gilzean has been busy appointing staff from organizations loyal to himself and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The latest reports of senior-level firings come amid numerous recent reports of mass resignations at CFTOD. Over thirty employees have resigned from the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District since the DeSantis-appointed board took over. Departures include almost half of the district's senior leadership following Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' controversial takeover of the district, raising serious concerns about operational stability and political influence.

Despite the high turnover of staff, while speaking at a recent Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board of supervisors meeting, Gilzean said that morale at the district has increased since taking over Reedy Creek Improvement District.

Gilzean pointed to his open-door policy and said that some staff have shared that this was the first time they've had a chance to meet with the district administrator.

Gilzean said, "I have met with multiple departments across the district for our coffee and conversation, collecting countless amounts of feedback and acting on it as we increase the employees' well-being and work-life balance. Meeting with the fire department in the evening for dinner and on weekends. All have further increased morale throughout the district."

Previously known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, CFTOD has seen departures at every level - from the district administrator, chief financial officer, chief of human resources, and director of communications to crucial roles in public works, procurement, and facilities management.

In a publically released employee exit survey, a former executive assistant at CFTOD said, "The legacy of this special district is being destroyed by those who have been placed in power here. The Board of Supervisors and the new District Administrator could care less about the work that needs to be done for the taxpayers. They claim transparency and bridge building; I see non-transparency and bridge burning."

The district encompasses approximately 25,000 acres in both Orange and Osceola counties, servicing 24 landowners, including Walt Disney World.

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Surferboy5672 days ago

What’s with the weird screensaver sunrise thing? They couldn’t afford something better?

wdwmagic2 days ago

LOL some of these "guest" speakers, they are literally reading from the board's script, and in a very unconvincing way.

DCBaker2 days ago

The CFTOD Board of Supervisors meeting has begun.

Minthorne4 days ago

It started in the Garden of Eden ;)

Batman'sParents4 days ago

Thanks for posting this. Going through this does seem to answer one of my questions about the district. Given the new new leadership structure would they continue to issue new bonds or solely rely on revenue generated from fees and ad valorem? Pages 87-88 show some of the projects they will be pursuing mainly with Western Way and World Dr. Looks like they expect to issue new bonds to fund these projects.

DCBaker4 days ago

The full agenda packet for the CFTOD Board of Supervisors meeting this Wednesday, February 28 is now available at this link. This packet includes a Public Facilities Report, prepared by District staff, which begins on page 78. "The Reedy Creek Improvement District was previously not required to complete a Public Facilities Report under Section 189.08(9) F.S. As part of the ratification process whereupon the former Chapter 67-764, Laws of Florida, was ratified and amended by Chapter 2023-5, Laws of Florida, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, formerly the Reedy Creek Improvement District, is no longer exempt from completing a public facilities report. Therefore, this report shall serve as the initial public facilities report for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. This Public Facilities Report has been prepared by District staff in conformance with Chapter 189 Uniform Special District Accountability Act, Part VIII, Comprehensive Planning ss. 189.08, as required by Chapter 2023-5, Section 4 (8)(b), Florida Statutes. The report is presented to the Board of Supervisors, whom upon approval, shall submit the public facilities report and related annual notices required by s. 189.08, F.S. and Chapter 2023-5, Section 4(8)(b), to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This report will also be provided to Orange and Osceola Counties. Nothing in this Report requires, or should be construed to obligate, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (“District”) to approve, design, engineer, permit, construct, or fund any of the public facilities referenced herein, nor shall the District be required to reserve, allocate or provide funds for the matters contained in this Report. Any District obligations for the foregoing and for payment and/or the expenditure of funds for matters referenced in this Report are subject to separate action of the District and such obligations are subject to discretionary annual appropriation by the District."

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Chi846 days ago

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Figgy16 days ago