Disney, as per a New York Times report, has pulled the plug on a $1 billion office complex in Florida amid their feud with Governor Ron DeSantis. The company cited “changing business conditions” as the reason for canceling the Lake Nona Town Center project.

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The project would have created more than 2000 white collared jobs.

Earlier this year, Disney sued the Florida governor in a Tallahassee federal court for allegedly punishing the company for exercising its first amendment freedom of expression rights. They had criticized DeSantis’ Parental Rights in Education Act 2022 to which the Republican responded by revoking their self-governing status under the Reedy Creek Improvement Act.

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The Reedy Creek Improvement District gave Disney flexibility as it expanded its theme park in the county. The Parental Rights in Education bill said that “a school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels.”

DeSantis is expected to enter the 2024 GOP presidential race next week to face Donald Trump, as per CNN.

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As per a memo shared by a Disney official, CNN reported, the Lake Nona project was set to witness many jobs being relocated from California.

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Chairperson of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Josh D’Amaro in the memo said: “I remain optimistic about the direction of our Walt Disney World business.” He further noted that $17 billion was allotted for construction at Disney World over the next decade. The company estimated 13,000 jobs to be created.

Disney is also taking a hit because of the writers’ strike. The Lake Nona campus is about 20 miles from Disney World near the Orlando Airport.