Disney issues statement in response to court case dismissal against Ron DeSantis and CFTOD and vows to 'press forward'

20 days ago in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday January 31, 2024 3:05om ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Following today's significant legal development in which a U.S. District Court in Florida dismissed a lawsuit filed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other state officials, Disney says that it is "determined to press forward with our case."

In a statement released following the court case's dismissal, a Disney spokesperson told WDWMAGIC:

This is an important case with serious implications for the rule of law, and it will not end here. If left unchallenged, this would set a dangerous precedent and give license to states to weaponize their official powers to punish the expression of political viewpoints they disagree with. We are determined to press forward with our case.

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Chairman Martin Garcia released the following statement:

I'm delighted that this lawsuit, which was nothing more than a distraction, is now behind us. Our board and the district will now continue to make the appropriate changes to operate and function as an independent government agency to promote transparency and accountability while bringing more prosperity to more people in Florida.

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida dismissed the lawsuit filed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other officials. The lawsuit challenged legislative changes that stripped Disney of its control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District, now the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), alleging that these changes were retaliatory and violated Disney's First Amendment rights. The court ruled that Disney lacked standing to sue the Governor and the Secretary of Florida’s Department of Commerce and dismissed Disney's claims against the CFTOD board members on the merits, stating that a facially constitutional statute cannot be challenged based on alleged unconstitutional motives of lawmakers.

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JKick9532 minutes ago

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

DCBaker14 hours ago

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

JoeCamel3 days ago

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

Stripes3 days ago

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

Figgy13 days ago

mmascari3 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

mkt5 days ago

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

mkt5 days ago

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

DCBaker8 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

peter1143511 days ago

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

GrumpyFan11 days ago

There was a rumor that Disney tried to meet with the governor's staff before everything went to the legislature. Supposedly, the governor's people told Disney to "pound sand". It is quite disappointing considering what Disney has done for the state for so many years.