About Central Florida Tourism Oversight District
Central Florida Tourism Oversight District formerly known as, Reedy Creek Improvement District (the “District”) is a local government entity, created in 1967 by a special Act of the Florida Legislature, the purpose of which is to support and administer certain aspects of the economic development and tourism within District boundaries. In April of 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 4-C into Law to dissolve Reedy Creek Improvement District effective June 1st 2023. In February of 2023, Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 9-B establishing a new state appointed board renaming RCID to Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. With an administration office located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista, the District encompasses approximately 25,000 acres in both Orange and Osceola counties, servicing 24 landowners, including Walt Disney Co. and its wholly-owned affiliates.
The District is responsible to oversee land use and environmental protections within the District, and provide essential public services (e.g. fire protection, emergency medical services, potable water production, treatment, storage, pumping & distribution, reclaimed water distribution, chilled water systems, wastewater services, drainage and flood control, electric power generation & distribution, and solid waste and recyclables collection & disposal) and operate and maintain all public roadways & bridges. The District operates on a fiscal year, beginning on October 1st and ending on September 30th; and funds its operations, services, and capital improvements by assessing taxes and fees to the landowners and lessees, within the District, and by issuing ad valorem and utility revenue bonds.
SERVICING the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District & OTHER AREAS
One of the busiest places in America, the District’s boundaries include: 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 1 sports complex, 179 lane miles of roadway, 67 miles of waterway, the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, an environmental science laboratory where the continuity of water quality is monitored, an electric power-generating & distribution facility, a natural gas distribution system, a chilled water distribution system, water and wastewater collection & treatment facilities, a solid waste and recyclables collection & transfer system, plus over 40,000 hotel rooms and 100’s of restaurants and retail stores.
The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, appointed by the Governor. Their goal is to support the economic viability of all venues and businesses within the District, while never sacrificing Central Florida’s remarkable wildlife and ecological environment. Through the creation and effective operation of the District, 38.5 square miles of remote and largely uninhabited pasture and swamp land was developed into a world-class tourist destination that welcomes millions of visitors every year.