Controversial Disney affordable housing project moves forward, startling opponents

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Plans by Disney for an affordable housing village are moving forward after Orange County voted 4-2 to transmit the plans to state agencies for the next step in their review, despite intensely emotional opposition.


There was an audible gasp in the commission chambers on March 26 when, after more than three hours of sometimes contentious debate, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings made the motion to transmit, which was immediately seconded by Commissioner Maya Uribe, District 3.

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“Enjoy your paycheck,” yelled one angry resident to the commissioners after the vote.

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