DeSantis Ally: Beware of Tap Water: It Might Turn You Gay

Diane Ravitch's blog

Last year, the Florida legislature, acting on Governor DeSantis’ behalf, dissolved the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special arrangement created by the legislature in 1967 that allowed the Disney Corporation to take responsibility for all public services. It was punishment for Disney speaking out against DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. Disney was acting at the behest of its employees. The dissolution of the special district meant that the counties where Disney World is located would be saddled with $1 billion or more of new taxes to pay for services and bond debts. That was politically unacceptable.

The legislature fixed the problem by leaving the special district intact, but putting it under the control of a new five member commission, called the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. DeSantis is empowered to appoint all five members. Surprised? He chose loyalists for the board, people who share his views. Most are either…

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