Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ office slammed Disney on Thursday after the company announced that it was not going to build a billion dollar office complex because of “changing business conditions,” releasing a statement that Disney had announced the project a long time ago and “nothing ever came of it.”
Josh D’Amaro, Disney’s theme park and consumer products chairman, announced that the company was pulling the plug on the $1.3 billion Lake Nona Town Center, for which the company was going to relocate approximately 2,000 jobs from liberal Southern California to Orlando, Florida.
“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,” D’Amaro wrote in an email to employees. “This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right one.”
Anyone who thinks DeSantis will be hurt politically by Disney not transferring 2,000 employees from CA to FL needs to read the room.— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) May 18, 2023
Disney is deeply unpopular with Republican voters.
Also, as an FYI: Not a single Floridian wants more people moving to the state. pic.twitter.com/Qjx1tysGm9