Space Florida’s Commercial Launch Complex Faces Uncertain Future

Lawmakers to Space Florida: $43M request won’t fly
Orlando Sentinel

On Thursday, the chairman of a key state Senate committee said he would push to freeze about $10 million in public financing intended to help build the commercial-launch complex.

In a review of the Brevard-based agency’s performance last month, legislative auditors had recommended the freeze on funds for the Launch Complex 36 project because Space Florida hasn’t yet finalized a master plan for the $55 million facility.

Lawmakers also quietly told the agency to drop its plans to ask for up to $43 million more for the complex during the next three years.

“I imparted upon them that their chance of getting any additional dollars this year are slim to none, and I emphasize the none,” said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee.

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