TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A state House committee signed off on changes to Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District on Wednesday.
The nearly 200-page bill gives the governor the authority to appoint a five-member board of supervisors for the district.
The measure would also change Reedy Creek’s name to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.
On Wednesday afternoon, Osceola County State Rep. Fred Hawkins made a brief, 3-minute presentation of the bill to dissolve Reedy Creek’s special district.
The meeting went only an hour, quicker than expected even with many questions, most of them by Rep. Anna Eskamani.
Democrats’ concerns were about the board being appointed, like how much power they will have and why the governor get to pick all five of them.
But Hawkins said most things will remain the same and that this is really just a name and board change. That includes keeping employees like the Reedy Creek firefighters who have been waiting to get out from under Disney’s control.
“We have long lived under the single interest board of supervisors we are more than happy this bill passed today,” said fire union president Jon Shirey.
The bill is headed to the House floor on Thursday and the Senate floor on Friday.
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