Disney's special powers may be reviewed

March 26, 2004 at 4:18 PM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 26 (UPI) -- A lawmaker from Orlando wants the Florida Legislature to review the law that gave Walt Disney World special government powers nearly 40 years ago.

Rep. Andy Gardiner said the review is necessary in case the tourist attraction is sold to another entity, such as Comcast, which has made a bid, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

The state Legislature established the Reedy Creek Improvement District in 1967, allowing Disney to avoid local government controls once it started building its theme parks and resorts.

"Clearly, the time has come to review the RCID's powers and limitations, including its taxing authority, condemnation powers, and its ability to issue tax-free bonds," Gardiner said.

"Under current ownership, these powers are used appropriately," he said.

The Florida Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the legislation in 1968, but that was the last time it has been reviewed.

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