When you try and educate the ignorant, they spit in your face and continue to offer up non-sequiturs not analogous to the facts of what's being discussed. First and foremost, Disney did not receive any "carveout." There are almost 2000 different "special districts" in Florida, all given that designation through the legislative process or executive decree.
Florida defines a special district as "a unit of local government created for a special purpose, as opposed to a general-purpose, which has jurisdiction to operate within a limited geographic boundary and is created by general law, special act, local ordinance, or by rule of the Governor and Cabinet."The bill targeting Reedy Creek also would eliminate 5 other special districts.
Florida has 1,844 special districts statewide, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.
Some notable special districts in Central Florida include:
*Village Center Community Development District, governing The Villages
*The Central Florida Expressway Authority
*Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which governs Orlando International Airport
*Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District
The Reedy Creek district is run by a "Board of Supervisors," according to its charter, which is elected by the landowners who operate within the district - of which there are 19, though Disney is the largest.
RDIC is responsible for the land use and environmental protections for the 25,000 acres, which includes drainage, water and flood control and erosion control.
The district must also provide all essential services such as fire protection, emergency medical services, potable water production, treatment, storage, pumping & distribution, reclaimed water distribution, chilled and hot water systems, wastewater services, drainage and flood control, electric power generation and distribution, and solid waste and recyclables collection and disposal, according to its website.
RDIC must also maintain all public roadways and bridges and infrastructure within the district - of which there are 134 lane miles of roadway, 67 miles of waterway, the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, an environmental science laboratory where the continuity of water quality is monitored, an electric power-generating and distribution facility, a natural gas distribution system, water and wastewater collection and treatment facilities, a solid waste and recyclables collection and transfer system, its website reads.
RDIC's website boasts that it also encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, a sports complex, more than 40,000 hotel rooms and hundreds of restaurants and shops.
Can anyone point out an objective criticism as to why Disney deserves to lose their status while 1838 will keep theirs? How is this good policy for Florida taxpayers?