Central Florida Tourism Oversight District appointed by Ron DeSantis formally declares Disney's agreements with Reedy Creek to be null and void

Apr 26, 2023 in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2023 10:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board of Supervisors met today and declared the February 8, 2023, Development Agreement and Declaration of Restrictive Covenants entered into by the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts void and unenforceable.

Earlier this week, the board released pages of legislative findings regarding the February 8 agreements that the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District say makes them null and void.

Signed into effect on February 8, just as the Florida House passed the legislation to take control of Reedy Creek Improvement District, the new Developer Agreement gave Disney significant control of the RCID land and prevented the new board from making any changes to the agreement.

Chair of the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board Ron Garcia said during the meeting, "Disney picked the fight with his board. We were not looking for a fight." He continued, "Factual and legally, what they created is an absolute legal mess, and it will not work."

Today's vote to approve the findings now directs the litigation counsel to have Disney's agreements with Reedy Creek declared void and unenforceable and stricken from the public records of Orange and Osceola Counties.

Disney has not yet publically commented on these recent developments, and it remains unclear if it will challenge today's decision.

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Batman'sParents5 hours ago

Was curious about this: Is there an expectation that CFTOD will delegate some responsibilities to the cities as part of the understanding between the state and Disney?

Dcgc282 days ago

All good! I was going to be blown away lol

MR.Dis3 days ago

error, I edited the original post

mkt3 days ago

Here's the motion

mkt3 days ago

what's the new case number? Disregard, found it. 24-10342-H

Dcgc283 days ago

They objected the delay?

MR.Dis3 days ago

Federal Judge officially granted a 60 day delay on the Federal Case. Disney requested so a new developement agreement could be negotiated, the CFTOD did not object.

mmascari8 days ago

Same formality as completing the new agreement. They clearly think everyone will work in good faith and get an acceptable resolution. One where not having representation in the CFTOD board is ok.

flynnibus9 days ago

Sounds like walking away from the Federal case is only a matter of formality at this point... or the roof caving in. Those aren't the words of someone cautiously optimistic for an outcome... those are the words of someone who already knows the game plan and they aren't holdiing a gun to anyone.

flynnibus9 days ago

So sue 'em :)

lazyboy97o9 days ago

The district is still a government body and is not supposed to be engaging in secret decision making. So yes, this is by law something that is supposed to be open and answered.

flynnibus9 days ago

The changes done in 2022 - the 2032 plan Because they were already off schedule from renewing the prior plan. They were overdue. "serious issues" - sure, like 1A retailiation... like disenfranchisement? etc etc. This is not about purity - this is about two sides getting something negotiated.. and it's obviously something happening outside just the district board members. Stop hanging on what would happen in a completely open, no backroom situation.. We obviously aren't there anymore. And nothing about the settlement besides "why would disney... ?" suggest an abnormal timeline for an updated Comp Plan. The trick is what are they scheming for their Developer Agreement... knowing the Comp Plan is also part of the hubbub... but can't be locked in as quickly. Land Management, Long Range Transportation Planning, and other topics are all part of it.. so yes, Disney's corporate strategy for WDW is very much part of the Comp Plan they'll be scheming... You're beating a dead horse for an answer you know they don't need to give. It's not really convincing anyone.

lazyboy97o9 days ago

Why are you calling it the 2022 plan? There was a 2020 Comprehensive Plan and a 2032 Comprehensive Plan. The actual work of the 2032 Comprehensive Plan was not just rushed through. It was finalized to ensure the area had an actual zoning plan lest the area suddenly find itself without. Assuming deals are in place means there are serious issues. One, comprehensive plans are not supposed to be secret. Two, they are not something that should be completed so quickly. The assumption is that recent personnel changes were actually part of settlement but any new planning changes would have included those very persons who were removed. Nothing about Disney’s corporate strategy changes requires a change to the comprehensive plan. Comprehensive plans aren’t that specific. Disney isn’t changing Walt Disney World to something other than a theme park resort. This is further evident that Disney is able to move forward in the mean time under the 2020 plan. Again, the district has not identified what has changed or what was problematic with the 2032 Plan. Just having different leadership is not supposed to change a comprehensive plan. Do they not intend to be a tourism district? They’re okay with the 2020 Plan and much of that was retained with the 2032 Plan. It should be incredibly easy to point to one of the few changes that is so egregious that it requires chucking the whole thing. The original board hated the plan for illegitimate purposes and you’re trying to whitewash that same desired outcome as totally normal when it is not.