Disney cancels $1 billion Florida project as the war with DeSantis continues

Due to the ongoing war with Florida’s Governor, Disney canceled the $1 billion project that was supposed to provide 2000 new jobs. In an email, Josh D’Amaro confirmed that the project in Orlando is moving to California.

Official statement

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Los Angeles Times reported that D’Amaro, project manager, said, “Given the considerable changes that have occurred since the announcement of this project, including new leadership and changing business conditions, we have decided not to move forward with construction of the campus.”

Moving on

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Disney’s project manager added, “This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right one. As a result, we will no longer be asking our employees to relocate.”

Message for the employees

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D’Amaro shared, “It is clear to me that the power of this brand comes from our incredible people, and we are committed to handling this change with care and compassion.” 

Battle with DeSantis

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New York Times alleged that “the company’s battle with Mr. DeSantis and his allies in the Florida Legislature figured prominently into Disney’s decision to cancel the Lake Nona project.”

Major blow to the economy

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The move of the Lake Nona Town Center development in Orlando is a significant blow to the economy of Central Florida.

The so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill

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Disney’s officials stood up to DeSantis’ HB 1557, or the Parental Rights in Education law, which goes against the rights of the LGBTQ community. After Bob Iger, CEO of Disney and ESPN, criticized the bill, DeSantis started plotting revenge.

Disney’s lawsuit

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After DeSantis decided to overturn several decades-old laws regarding Disney, they filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit claims the governor “targeted campaign of government retaliation” against the company.

Threatening the company

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Further, it claims that DeSantis’ moves were perceived as a threat to the company’s business and violated constitutional rights.

Free speech and other allegations

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DeSantis was accused of breaking the 1st amendment twice in the lawsuit. Further, it alleged a property rights violation, a due process violation, and a violation of the contracts clause.

Iger’s 10-year plan

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Bob Iger wondered, “Does the state want us to invest more, employ more people and pay more taxes or not?” This comment came at the same time it was revealed that Disney planned to invest $17 billion over ten years in Florida.

Not all hope is lost

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D’Amaro’s email alleges that a $17 billion investment is not off the table. It would bring 13,000 new jobs to Central Florida. However, it all depends on the lawsuit.

DeSantis was not surprised

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The governor’s office stated, “Disney announced the possibility of a Lake Nona campus nearly two years ago. Nothing ever came of the project, and the state was unsure whether it would come to fruition.” They failed to mention that Disney had strict measures worldwide during the Covid-19 emergency.

People are not happy

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The Reddit user explained, “It was only 1 billion for the new campus. The other 16 billion is an investment in the parks Disney has planned over the next ten years.”

Questions keep piling up

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Another shared, “How’s that culture war looking now, DeSantis?” Someone wondered, “I can’t imagine how you would convince talented people with educations and opportunities to move to any of the Republican-run states.”

The endgame?

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One person said, “You really gotta wonder what his endgame is here. This fight is not good for him politically or economically. Continuing to play to the base isn’t working at all.”

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