Rick Scott still hopes ‘cooler heads prevail’ in Ron DeSantis, Disney war

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'People have got to figure out how to come together and start working together.'

Despite the battle between Ron DeSantis and The Walt Disney Co. heading to federal court, a Florida Senator is hoping the parties can resolve the issue.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is saying he thinks “people have got to figure out how to come together and start working together.”

“I mean, we’ve got to (let) cooler heads prevail,” Scott told Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade, echoing what he said weeks ago on the subject.

Asked about the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which DeSantis phased out after the entertainment company’s opposition to the 2022 Parental Rights in Education legislation, Scott diverged from DeSantis’ recent take that the special taxing district had to be eliminated.

“As long as they’re doing their job,” Scott said when asked if he was comfortable with Disney’s former governing structure. “We’ve got a variety of special taxing districts in Florida. And so they’re set up to basically create development for them. We’ve got a variety of them.”

Scott did add, however, that “you always have to look at them,” noting he did as much when he “first got elected as Governor.”

“We did a review of our special taxing districts to make sure they were doing the right things and, and I was cautious about ever expanding them,” Scott said.

DeSantis did more than a review, of course. The Governor signed legislation changing Disney’s special district in the wake of the company opposing 2022’s Parental Rights in Education law, leading to Disney filing a federal lawsuit against DeSantis and other state parties for a “targeted campaign of government retaliation.”

DeSantis is leaning into the fight, saying the former Reedy Creek Improvement District was “not good for Florida” Thursday during his current overseas trade mission, his first remarks since the suit.

Scott isn’t the only Florida Senator not willing to fully endorse DeSantis’ moves. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is raising concerns of his own.

“I do worry that if this happens too many times, businesses that are thinking about coming to Florida are saying, ‘Maybe we don’t want to go there because if we get into a firestorm with them politically, they’re going to come after our business again’,” Rubio said, saying that’s still a “hypothetical issue.”

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


3 comments

  • DeSantis should resign

    April 28, 2023 at 11:38 am

    this is a prelude to help dangerous Ron DeSantis is, and why he never should’ve been elected governor.

    I’m not a Trump fan, but I can tell you, DeSantis is sanctimonious. At least Trump works at his relationships.

    DeSantis should resign immediately I should several legislators they did his bidding

  • JD

    April 28, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I’m tired of my tax money being used to fight lawsuits. What’s the tally at this point pre Disney? Few Million?

    EVERY REPUBLICAN MUST GO. They cannot govern. Hold them accountable.

    Put all these big issues to the ballot: Disney’s special district. Abortion. School Vouchers. Drag Queens. Getting ballot initiatives on the ballot as well as amendments at majority, not super majority.

    Our Florida Representative government is being controlled by a minority. Minority Tyranny.

    “It’s not the heat. It’s the corruption.”

  • S. Shearman

    May 5, 2023 at 9:00 am

    I’m wishing I never voted for de satin , he delayed our problem of salt water intrusion in our drinking water, He done nothing to eliminate the coyote intrusion into the cities, he’s done nothing to eliminate expensive building in costal and low land hundreds year flood plane exasperating the insurance problem.

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