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Disney Trolls DeSantis

No April Fools joke: Disney trolls DeSantis. Then Mike Ruzika President of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors tells us what we can expect at the 97th annual Home & Garden Show at The Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.

Guest: Mike Ruzika

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Disney Pulls One Over DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Walt Disney World, and a special tax district are once again making headlines, but this time, it’s with a new cast member: England’s King Charles III.

The company quietly entered agreements that rendered the board of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hand-picked to govern the special tax district surrounding Disney World nearly powerless.

Bewildered board members only learned about these agreements this week, and one said they planned to “correct” Disney’s behind-the-scenes sleight of hand. Disney, though, asserts it was all kosher.

How did we get here? For 55 years, the state allowed Disney to make its own rules for developing the land where its theme parks sit. But after the company criticized the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, DeSantis installed his own board to run the district.

With the new board in place, it looked like DeSantis had won…until Disney pulled a Mulan-like switcheroo. When the board was still Disney-controlled, it entered into restrictive covenants for the land that:

  • Bar the new board from using the Disney name or any of the company’s IP, including Mickey Mouse.
  • Give Disney the right to review any proposed changes to properties in the district.

And, fittingly for a company synonymous with princesses, Disney made the agreements valid until “21 years after the death of the last survivor of the descendants of King Charles III, king of England.”

97th Annual Realtors Home & Garden Show

Mike Ruzicka, President of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, joins us to talk about the 97th annual realtors home & garden show. We finish by discussing some of the general trends he is seeing in the real estate market in southeastern Wisconsin.

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