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Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (Wikimedia Commons)

State gave entertainment giant special district in 1967

Art MooreAmid Disney’s opposition to a new Florida parental-rights law, the state’s Senate on Wednesday passed a bill promoted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that would eliminate the special taxing district that enables the entertainment giant to self-govern its theme-park area.

The 23-16 vote in the Republican-majority chamber sends the bill to the state House.

Disney’s special district was established by state law in 1967, enabling the company to collect taxes and provide emergency services in a 25,000-acre area near Orlando. Within the zone, known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Disney can build new structures and pay impact fees without the need to obtain approval from a local planning commission. …

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