Jimmy Patronis backs Ron DeSantis’ Disney prison play

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'The Governor was definitely flexing his muscles.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis floated the idea of a prison next to Walt Disney World, and the state’s CFO has his back.

In comments made on Fox & FriendsJimmy Patronis noted that Florida has every right to put a prison close to the theme park.

“The Governor was definitely flexing his muscles. There’s a jurisdiction the state of Florida has and if they’ve got state lands that they decided to put a prison on, that’s in their jurisdiction to do it,” Patronis said.

“Whether you’re going to be dealing with Ron DeSantis for two years as Governor or four years as Governor, Disney should be working around the clock to go and make amends with Ron DeSantis,” Patronis added. “You don’t want to pick a fight with this guy.”

Patronis advised Disney to be “working around the clock to try to figure out how to make amends with Ron DeSantis, just like Bud Light should be working around the clock to go kiss Kid Rock’s ass.”

Patronis went on to note that fighting Florida is bad for the Disney CEOs’ job security.

“You’ve seen Bob Chapek’s scalp is on the wall,” Patronis said, referring to the company’s previous CEO.

“They realized they made some mistakes. Chapek went and got way outside of his comfort box. And look, he was new on the job. Bob Iger’s come in. I think Iger tried to make some corrections, but I think (he) also fumbled the ball again,” Patronis added. “I would be working around the clock figuring out how I can make this come in for a landing.”

On Monday, when discussing new legislation to wrestle control back from Disney, the Florida Governor suggested the state had every right to do what it wanted on land in the former Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is now known as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

“People are like, well, ‘What should we do with this land? Maybe create a state park? Maybe try to do more amusement parks,’” DeSantis said, before adding the prison quip. “Somebody even said, ‘Maybe you need another state prison?’ Who knows? I just think that the possibilities are endless, and so that is now going to be analyzed to see what would make the most sense.”

DeSantis may have been joking, but the thrust of his arguments and animus toward the theme park is quite serious, and at least one Cabinet member is willing to back his play.


Gabrielle Russon of Florida Politics contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Billy the Bamboozler

    April 18, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Homicide or suicide every 14 days on average in Ron’s deplorable concentration camps. Understaffed and underfunded, corrupt, a human rights violation on wheels. Need new facilities alright.. but also need a lot more funding which the hogs don’t want to do. Putting a symbol of failed government and economics on what used to be Disney property does however reflect the right wing police State of Florida… parasitic grifter state.

  • SteveHC

    April 18, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Time to start ignoring the moron’s every trivial utterance of ignorance.

  • Ocean Joe

    April 18, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Why would you build a prison next to a place where children congregate? Is revenge that important to this guy?

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