(ConservativeSense.com) – Disney is now taking the fight to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by suing the GOP lawmaker in federal court.
In a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Florida, Disney claims “a targeted campaign of government retaliation” was launched against the company by DeSantis, his five-member board overseeing the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and other state officials by eliminating the company’s special tax district.
Two weeks ago, Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said he didn’t view the situation “as going-to-mattresses” for the company, changing his mind on Wednesday and filing the lawsuit after the oversight board picked by DeSantis who rule over the 25,000-acre resort in Orlando struck down agreements made with the company. The action “to ‘void’ publicly noticed and duly agreed development contracts” that “laid the foundation for billions of Disney’s investment dollars and thousands of jobs” is the “latest strike,” according to the court filing.
The filing says the “targeted campaign of government retaliation” was “orchestrated at every step by Governor DeSantis as punishment for Disney’s protected speech,” and that it threatens the company’s business operations, “jeopardizes its economic future in the region,” as well as violates the constitutional flights of Disney. They cited several statements by the governor, including his recent threat to build a state prison next to the resort complex.
Shortly before the case was filed, the GOP-dominated Florida state legislature proposed amending a transportation bill mandating state oversight of the Disney monorail system used to transport guests between theme parks.
If passed, the state Department of Transportation will be required to oversee the monorail and other transportation systems that are “located within an independent special district created by local act which have boundaries within two contiguous counties,” which includes the Disney resort in Orlando.
DeSantis already indicated he supports the proposal. Meanwhile, as things heat up in this feud between Florida GOP lawmakers and Disney, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley weighed in on the situation recently and invited Disney to come do business in South Carolina instead.
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