Orange County

Reedy Creek leaders meet for the first time since bill signed to dissolve special district

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Reedy Creek leaders met for the first time on Wednesday since Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to dissolve the special district that governs Walt Disney World.

The meeting was scheduled before the bill was signed, and attendees were in and out of the meeting in just minutes, without discussing the elephant in the room.


The special district’s 400 employees, 200 of which are first responders, are still watching and waiting to see what will happen with their jobs.

Fire union president Jon Shirey said he is not panicking, but addressed the board anyway.

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“We want to make sure we are able to continue and finish our careers and retire with dignity,” Shirey said.

The board did not ask Shirey any questions after he spoke.

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Disney did weigh in, saying in light of lawmakers’ actions at the state House last week, Reedy Creek will explore its options while continuing its current operations. The company also alluded to past negotiations with the state not to dismantle Reedy Creek as long as the district holds debt.

Channel 9 reached out to the state to see how that could affect its current plans, and are still waiting to hear back.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler,

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.