Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Issues New Statements Following Dismissal of Disney’s First Amendment Federal Lawsuit

Brit Tuttle

Martin Garcia

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Issues New Statements Following Dismissal of Disney’s First Amendment Federal Lawsuit

Following the dismissal of Disney’s First Amendment federal lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), the District’s Board has now issued its own statements in response to the ruling.

Oversight District Issues Statement on Disney Lawsuit Dismissal

Martin Garcia, chairman of the Central Florida Oversight District Board

After the ruling was passed down, Disney issued a statement saying that the fight “will not end here” and that they intend to appeal the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Now, Chairman of the Oversight District Board Martin Garcia, as well as District lawyer Charles J. Cooper have both shared their own statements expressing their “delight” over the ruling.

I’m delighted that this lawsuit, which was nothing more than a distraction, is now behind us. Our board and the district will now continue to make the appropriate changes to operate and function as an independent government agency to promote transparency and accountability while bringing more prosperity to more people in Florida.

Martin Garcia, Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Chairman

We are pleased that the district court applied clear precedent to reject Disney’s claim that it, rather Florida’s Legislature and her Governor, gets to choose the officials who will serve on its local government body. Disney may own the land in the district, but it does not own the government.

Charles J. Cooper, Chairman of Cooper & Kirk

While Disney’s federal lawsuit has been dismissed and the company is seeking appeal, their state-level lawsuits against CFTOD still move forward. Most recently, Disney and the District have agreed to a June trial for the new public records lawsuit that the former filed last month.

The public records lawsuit is separate from the District’s suit against Disney, where Disney has filed a Motion to Compel Discovery and the District refused to hand over the requested documents.

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