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The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board during its April 26 meeting said it plans to raise taxes within the district — which will affect Disney Springs tenants — to fund Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ongoing legal battle with Disney.
The board heard concerns from numerous small business operators inside Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs mixed-use dining, entertainment and retail destination.
The new board, which was appointed by DeSantis as part of his ongoing feud with Disney, has many restaurateurs, attraction operators and shop owners worried about what is in their future in terms of new costs or impacts to their employees. Owners of Wine Bar George, T-Rex Cafe, The Boathouse, Splitsville, Basin and more all shared their thoughts on the ongoing feud between Central Florida’s theme park giant and the state.
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