None of the four Republican House candidates who want to represent the Walt Disney World area oppose the law repealing the Disney special district-but they do offer varying degrees of political discontent. Disney.
In a Tiger Bay of Central Florida forum, four Republicans – Carolina Amesty, Janet Frevola, Bruno Portigliatti at Mike Zhao – expressed strong faith in Gov. The vow of Ron DeSantis that, however showing his showdown with Disney, the residents of Orange and Osceola counties will not be burdened with public debts now held by the Disney special government.
But their statements varied on the deeper issue, the political rhetoric battle between the Governor and the state’s largest employer, which led to no legislative action has yet taken place against a corporation last spring.
It began in March when Walt Disney Co criticized. the DeSantis priority legislation known as the “Parental Rights in Education Bill” (HB 1557), which restricts school room discussions about sexual preference and gender identity. Critics called it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Disney, a California company with a long -standing reputation for supporting gay rights, has expressed opposition.
Because of this, DeSantis called a Special Session in April just to remove its special government agency from Disney World, Reedy Creek Improvement District. SB 4C will do so on June 1, 2023, giving Disney and state officials one year to make a new relationship. Among the remaining issues, which are on the plate of whoever wins the HD 45, is what will happen to billion dollars or more in debt held by Reedy Creek.
The quartet – and the fifth Republican not to appear at the Tiger Bay forum, Vennia Francois – wants to represent the new House district that was really drawn to cover Walt Disney World. HD 45 covers Disney World and the surrounding communities in southwest Orange and northwest of Osceola, home to thousands of Disney employees.
The Democratic nominee in HD 45, Allie Braswellwatched with quiet interest in Tiger Bay as his potential opponents in November tried to fix a complicated Republican relationship with the district’s dominant business, which had previously showered Republicans with campaign money.
Frevola and Portigliatti carefully chose their words, seeking not to directly condemn the company for any political statements, but argued that there were reasons to revisit the 54-year-old Reedy Creek Improvement District. They called for level-headed discussions.
Portigliatti said all corporations need to be on an equal footing. He used the term “adult conversations”-to resolve differences and not hurt anyone.
Amesty and Zhao were right for the rhetoric underlying SB 4C, which charged that Disney had to stop its political expressions.
Zhao promised to work with DeSantis to “fight the woke corporation that is trying to fix our young children.”
“I will fight against and negotiate with Disney because under this CEO they have woken up, they have abandoned their original mission of Disney, which is family-oriented, pro-family entertainment, ”Zhao said.
Amesty said Disney needs to stop any “indoctrination” education and politics.
He compared Disney’s special government status to the exemptions churches have as nonprofit organizations, and suggested it deserves to lose its special status if it participates in politics, just as churches can lose. their nonprofit status.
Disney and its various subsidiaries and political committees have contributed millions of dollars to political campaigns in Florida but have not yet contributed to anyone in the HD 45 contest. What Amesty is referring to is the broader its political statements.
“It’s up to Disney. If they participate in our education, in our politics, they lose their exemption, ”said Amesty.
“Right now it’s in Disney’s hands; clarified by our Governor, ”she said. “I love Disney. I want to go to Disney. I live in the area. The beauty of Disney Springs. Just don’t get involved in politics. Do not get involved in our children’s learning. I am in favor of parental rights to education and I will always protect our children. There is no indoctrination education. Stick to the theme park. “
Later, Amesty, a private Christian university executive, sought to establish credentials as someone who supports Orlando’s theme parks and tourism sector, encouraging the training of workers for jobs in the industry and declared, “I have always been in favor of our tourism industry. I will be an ally to bring more tourism, to bring more growth.
On that topic-economic development-Frevola, a retired Florida Highway Patrol trooper, called for infrastructure investments in the area, saying traffic is stifling economic opportunity.
“We’re driving to and from work and we’re losing time in our lives because of what’s going on, specifically with HB 45,” he said. “We also need to deliver public safety in that area and make sure people are safe when visiting Florida.”
Portigliatti, a private Christian university executive, lawyer and businessman, pledged support for four pillars of conservative economic growth: reduced regulations, lower taxes, labor training and tort reform.
He also called for protection of funding for tourism marketing. In Orange County, Visit Orlando is funded by the county’s robust tourist development tax, which is constantly being reviewed by some suggesting that some of it may be redirected to other community needs.
“We need to make sure that TDT dollars are used for that purpose. We can continue to encourage people to come to the state of Florida to use our parks, and enjoy what we have to offer here, ”Portigliatti said.
Zhao, an engineer, called for economic diversification by seeking to bring in higher wages, high-tech businesses and jobs.
All four gave strong endorsement of constitutional carry.