Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Articles and News Stories

Federal Judge Dismisses Disney’s Lawsuit Against Florida Governor

UPDATE 2/1/2024: Disney Parks and Resorts has filed a notice of its intent to appeal Judge Winsor’s decision to dismiss its First Amendment lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. UPDATE: Since the ruling, Disney has issued the following statement: This is an important case with serious implications for Federal Judge Dismisses Disney’s Lawsuit Against Florida Governor



Briefing Schedule Set in CFTOD’s Motion to Dismiss Disney Lawsuit

In April of this year, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. filed a Federal lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Secretary of the Department of Economic Opportunity, members of the Board of Supervisors for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), and the Administrator of CFTOD. Disney has amended its filing twice, with Briefing Schedule Set in CFTOD’s Motion to Dismiss Disney Lawsuit



CFTOD: Employee Annual Pass Benefits, Comments on Feud With Disney

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board met last night, and there were a few updates to share. Glen Gilzean revealed that the board continues to look for a solution to the Disney employee benefits question. After Gilzean sent a surprising email to Disney employees in August, announcing the discontinuation of popular employee benefits, the CFTOD: Employee Annual Pass Benefits, Comments on Feud With Disney



DeSantis’ CFTOD Plans to Spend $5 Million in Legal Battle With Disney

During Wednesday’s board meeting, Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) administrator Glen Gilzean noted that the District has spent nearly $2 million in legal fees so far in its ongoing battle with Disney Parks and Resorts. The lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the CFTOD was filed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts back DeSantis’ CFTOD Plans to Spend $5 Million in Legal Battle With Disney



DeSantis’ Oversight District Files Complaint Regarding Bill Received From Disney

According to a press release issued Monday by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), a referral has been submitted to the Florida Inspector General objecting to an over half-a-million dollar invoice they received from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. The bill breaks down each dollar spent for employee perks and benefits that the former DeSantis’ Oversight District Files Complaint Regarding Bill Received From Disney



Disney Files Response & Countersuit In State Lawsuit with DeSantis’ Board

As required, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has filed a response to the state-level lawsuit brought against them by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD). In the 55-page answer, Disney responds to each claim made by the CFTOD, point by point, paragraph by paragraph. Disney goes on to outline twelve affirmative Disney Files Response & Countersuit In State Lawsuit with DeSantis’ Board



Ethics Lawyer Says One of DeSantis’ Oversight Board Members Must Resign

According to ethics commission lawyer Steven Zuilkowski, Glen Gilzean, administrator of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, cannot continue to serve as the state’s ethics commission chairman in addition to being a board member of the district, according to a legal opinion released Thursday. According to an analysis written by Zuilkowski, Florida state law Ethics Lawyer Says One of DeSantis’ Oversight Board Members Must Resign



FL Judge Rejects Disney’s Bid to Dismiss State Lawsuit Filed by Oversight District

On Friday, a Florida judge denied Disney’s request to dismiss the state lawsuit filed in May 2023 by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hand-picked the five board members to oversee Walt Disney World’s functions previously managed by the [now dissolved] Reedy Creek Improvement District. Remembering that this state-level case FL Judge Rejects Disney’s Bid to Dismiss State Lawsuit Filed by Oversight District



Central FL Tourism Oversight District Proposes Tax Cuts for Disney & Surrounding Areas

On Wednesday, District Administrator Glenton Gilzean presented the FY2024 budget to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board, proposing significant property tax cuts. Specifically, the cut would reduce the current millage rate by nearly 7 percent without impacting core programs that serve the community. According to Gilzean, the rate cut is possible “because of the Central FL Tourism Oversight District Proposes Tax Cuts for Disney & Surrounding Areas



Tourism Oversight Board Announces New ‘Whistleblower’ Policy

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District conducted its Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday and announced a new “whistleblower” policy. Board Chairman Martin Garcia explained that the intention of this new policy is to encourage transparency and openness as, apparently, some employees didn’t feel that their concerns were necessarily heard under the prior Disney-aligned leadership. Tourism Oversight Board Announces New ‘Whistleblower’ Policy