Central Florida's Reedy Creek Improvement District Has Wide-Ranging Authority
Report 04-81, December 2004
The 1967 Legislature passed a special act that created the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), encompassing nearly 25,000 acres in Orange and Osceola counties. The main purpose of the special act was to grant RCID a wide range of governmental powers to be used to promote recreation-oriented projects, economic development, and tourism within district boundaries. The primary landowner of property within RCID is the Walt Disney World Co.
OPPAGA determined that in general, current accountability mechanisms are sufficient to ensure that if primary landownership changed, RCID would continue to meet the public purpose expressed in its special act and in other legislation. However, if the Legislature wished to provide additional safeguards to prevent a new primary landowner from making drastic changes to district services, operations, and development activities, it could
- consider establishing criteria for recalling members of the RCID board to prevent members from being replaced without cause at the discretion of a new primary landowner; and
- consider making development of land within RCID subject to the more stringent coordination and oversight mechanisms provided for in s. 380.06, Florida Statutes, related to developments of regional impact.
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