Jacksonville Business Journal
by Michael Clinton, Web Producer Friday, April 20, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott
signed into law a space territory measure that will include Cecil Airport in the state’s master planning efforts.
Part of the bill will make Cecil eligible for appropriate infrastructure improvement that the Jacksonville Aviation Authority says will strengthen the airports ability to compete as a commercial horizontal launch spaceport.
“Ensuring Florida remains a global leader in space-flight activity is a top priority for the Florida Chamber,” said Ryan West, director of talent and innovation policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce , in a press release. “A vibrant space and aerospace industry are essential for generating re-employment opportunities for displaced shuttle program workers.”
Cecil Airport, owned and operated by JAA, is one of eight commercial spaceports in the United States licensed for horizontal launch capabilities, and the only one in Florida.