Category Disney

Podcast: The History of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District

Wrapping up our seven day, look at the Walt Disney Company’s Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), this week’s Florida History Podcast focuses on the district’s history. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which […]

A visit to the Disney Wilderness

As we discussed yesterday, The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness preserves critical land along Reedy Creek as well as having restored extensive wetlands in Osceola and Polk Counties. Here are some videos from the wilderness.

DeSantis-Disney saga takes another turn and is another failure for Florida job wise – Four additional reasons (beyond Don’t Say Gay) Disney has pumped the brakes

In the wake of Ron DeSantis’ retaliation against Disney for speaking out about his discriminatory “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Disney has delayed relocating 2,000 high-paying jobs from California to Florida.  This comes after DeSantis pushed through politically-motivated legislation to punish Disney for speaking out. The Walt Disney Company has officially said the delay was made “to give people more time,” with […]

Could dissolving Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District hurt Everglades & Kissimmee River restoration?

Governor Ron DeSantis has fashioned himself a champion of Everglades restoration and on some scores he’s done far better than his predecessor (not that that was particularly hard given but…he’s done well on some stuff). For example, without DeSantis tireless advocacy, I doubt the vital Tamiami Trial project would be so far along or as […]

Lincoln Project: Ron DeSantis is a liar and Florida GOPers are BAD for Business

The Lincoln Project is out with a slick new ad. Rick Wilson and Stuart Stevens, they get it.

Out of spite, Florida GOPers potentially raise taxes on hundreds of thousands of Floridians

The headline should be included the messaging on the abolition of Disney’s Reddy Creek Improvement District (RCID) and other special taxing districts targeted by the Governor and Legislature this week. On Thursday, the House joined the Senate in voting to abolish RCID and several other special districts in the state. I don’t have any specific […]

TFS+ – Disney v DeSantis: The Governor’s assault on local government and the history of special taxing districts and public benefit corporations

Over at TFS+ , Tim Smyth sat down with Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss Governor DeSantis recent usurpation of local government authority as well as the history of special taxing districts & public benefit corporations. With Governor DeSantis advocacy of repealing Disney’s special status in Florida, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Tim Smyth sat down to discuss the […]