Lawyer Files Dismissed Lawsuit Against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in Disney’s Reedy Creek Battle

Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the dissolution of Walt Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.

Credit: Reedy Creek Fire Department

Last week, Miami attorney William Sanchez filed a new lawsuit in Florida state court on behalf of taxpayers, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

The initial dismissed lawsuit, filed by Osceola County residents Michael, Leslie and Eduardo Foronda and Orange County resident Vivian Gonzalez, read:

“There is no doubt that defendant Governor DeSantis intended to punish Disney for a free speech ground protected by the 1st Amendment. Defendant’s violation of Disney’s 1st Amendment rights directly resulted in a violation of the Plaintiffs’ 14th Amendment Due Process Rights.

Reedy Creek Fire Department
Credit: Reedy Creek Fire Department website

The new lawsuit alleges Governor DeSantis violated Florida’s 1967 Reedy Creek Statute, Florida’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights and Florida’s constitution, which Sanchez says are stricter than the US constitution. In an interview with the Orlando Business Journal, Sanchez said:

“We really believe we are on solid ground in state court. The Federal Court judge looked at the case further through the prism of Disney’s First Amendment argument. Although there is case law that also gives third parties the right to invoke another party’s First Amendment rights, we have chosen not to appeal the federal judge’s decision. We believe that our Florida taxpayer rights will receive greater protection in state courts.

The new complaint accuses DeSantis of violating the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and that the state violated the plaintiffs’ right to be involved in proceedings that could affect them.

Reedy Creek Fire Department
Credit: Reedy Creek Fire Department

According to Orlando Business Journalthe lawsuit explicitly asks the following:

The original bill (SB 4-C) must be declared illegal and struck down; an injunction to enforce the bill; give plaintiffs the right to be involved in any proceedings regarding any tax assessment related to the dissolution of Reedy Creek; and more.

Following Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek’s statement against the Parental Rights in Education Act, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill”, Republican politicians across the countries have spoken out against the Walt Disney Company and the special privileges Disney parks have historically hosted in the United States.

Reedy Creek Fire Department
Credit: Reedy Creek Fire Department

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In an act seen by many as retaliation, Governor DeSantis introduced and passed legislation last month to dissolve Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, effective in 2023. The Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967 enabled Walt Disney World Resort to pay for and operate its municipal private services, saving the State of Florida and its taxpayers billions of dollars.

No hearing for the retrial against Governor DeSantis has been scheduled for May 31. Inside the Magic will report on any significant updates to the case.

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Credit: Reedy Creek Honor Guard via Facebook

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Herman C. Harkins