Central Florida Tourism Oversight District appoints Stephanie Kopelousos as its new administrator

25 days ago in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday March 27, 2024 9:49am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Stephanie Kopelousos has been appointed by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District as the new administrator.

The board unanimously approved a motion to make Kopelousos the district administrator with immediate effect and under the same terms and conditions as former administrator Glen Gilzean. The job comes with a $400k salary.

Stephanie Kopelousos, with a background in public policy and transportation, played a pivotal role in Governor Ron DeSantis' administration as the Director of Legislative Affairs. Her responsibilities involved fostering relationships with state legislators and conveying the governor's policy positions. She also served as FDOT Secretary, and Kopelousos transitioned to DeSantis's failed presidential campaign team in 2024.

Craig Mateer, appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just yesterday, was also present at today's CFTOD board meeting.

Earlier this month, DeSantis appointed the existing CFTOD administrator Glen Gilzean as Supervisor of Elections in Orange County, filling the vacancy left by former supervisor Bill Cowles' retirement in January. Gilzean will head the Elections Office as the state prepares for the 2024 presidential election.

The DeSantis-controlled Central Florida Tourism Oversight District replaced Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District in June 2023.

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flynnibus4 days ago

Looks to be moved https://www.oversightdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/BOS-Meeting-04-24-24-Agenda-Outline.pdf

wdwmagic4 days ago

Amazing, there is actually some real business on the agenda for a change.

DCBaker4 days ago

The agenda outline for the next CFTOD meeting on Wednesday, April 24 is available at this link*: https://www.oversightdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/BOS-Meeting-04-24-24-Agenda-Outline.pdf *Edited to update as the link was changed after posting (thanks @flynnibus!).

flyakite6 days ago

Batman'sParents9 days 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?

Dcgc2812 days ago

All good! I was going to be blown away lol

MR.Dis12 days ago

error, I edited the original post

mkt13 days ago

Here's the motion

mkt13 days ago

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

Dcgc2813 days ago

They objected the delay?

MR.Dis13 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.

mmascari18 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.

flynnibus18 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.