DiBello Makes Pitch for Space Florida in Tallahassee

fdibelloDiBello makes Space Florida’s pitch in Tallahassee
Orlando Sentinel

Space Florida President Frank DiBello brought his wish-list to the state Capitol Wednesday, and the highlights include getting legislative authority to place a controversial launch complex on the back-burner until a company steps up that’s willing to use it.

This year, DeBillo is asking lawmakers to embrace his plan to back away from a long-touted project in Tallahassee that state legislators have already ponied up money to fund: a multiple-use $60 million launchpad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station until he can find a customer committed to use it.

The agency is also asking for legislation creating a commercial launch zone, research and development tax credits, and other tax goodies. The motherload that DiBello has been lobbying Gov. Charlie Crist to create — an $100 millionspace-technology investment fund — didn’t come up in the meeting.

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