Senator Stewart aims to terminate DeSantis' CFTOD and revive original Disney Reedy Creek Improvement District

Nov 28, 2023 in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Tuesday November 28, 2023 4:27am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Linda Stewart, a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, is preparing to file a bill to terminate the Ron DeSantis-created Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

Stewart, representing the 13th district, which includes northeast and central Orange County, wants to terminate the terms of office of the CFTOD Board of Supervisors and reconstitute the Reedy Creek Improvement District as it existed as of February 26, 2023.

The bill is unlikely to progress, given that the Republican Party controls both the Florida Senate and the Florida House.

Here is the text of the bill via WKMG's Landon McReynolds.

An act relating to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, Orange and Osceola Counties; repealing chapter 2023-5, Laws of Florida, which established the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District; reviving, reenacting, and readopting chapter 67-764, Laws of Florida, and the decree in chancery No. 66-1061 entered by the Circuit Court in and for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida on May 13, 1966, relating to the Reedy Creek Improvement District; reconstituting the Reedy Creek Improvement District as it existed as of February 26, 2023; terminating the terms of office of the Board of Supervisors of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District; providing transitional provisions; providing for construction; providing an effective date.

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. Chapter 2023-5, Laws of Florida, is repealed.

Section 2. Notwithstanding chapter 2023-5, Laws of Florida, chapter 67-764, Laws of Florida, and the decree in chancery No. 66-1061 entered by the Circuit Court in and for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida on May 13, 1966, creating and incorporating the Reedy Creek Drainage District as a public corporation of the State of Florida, are revived, reenacted, and readopted. The terms of the charter for the Reedy Creek Improvement District shall be as it existed on February 26, 2023.

Section 3. The offices and terms of all members of the Board of Supervisors of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District existing as of the effective date of this act shall end as of the effective date of this act, but such members may continue to serve until a successor in office is appointed and qualified. Until successors are appointed and qualified to replace all of the members of the board of supervisors existing as of the effective date of this act, board members, officers, and employees of the district may not sell, dispose of, encumber, transfer, or expend the assets of the district as such assets existed on the effective date of this act, other than in the ordinary course of business

Section 4. This act may not be construed to affect or otherwise impair any existing contract that the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District entered into, or any bond or other instrument of indebtedness issued by the district, from February 27, 2023, through the effective date of this act.

Section 5. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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Surferboy5674 days ago

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

wdwmagic4 days ago

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

DCBaker4 days ago

The CFTOD Board of Supervisors meeting has begun.

Minthorne6 days ago

It started in the Garden of Eden ;)

Batman'sParents6 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.

DCBaker6 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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