Gov. DeSantis gives $6M grant to spaceport in Jacksonville

Money expected to add 3,780 jobs to the area

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a grant of $6 million for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Thursday morning.

The governor was joined by the Florida Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Brad Thoburn and District Secretary Greg Evans as well as Reps. Wyman Duggan and Cord Byrd at the news conference at Cecil Airport.

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The money will go to support the construction of nearly two miles of roadway at the Cecil airport and spaceport. This grant comes on top of $4 million from the Department of Transportation and $3 million from Space Florida.

“They will, of course, be able to add this key road but they will (also build) all the utility infrastructure necessary to support commercial space and business expansion at the Cecil Spaceport,” DeSantis said. “This will lead allow a significant increase in launch operations from the spaceport.”

The governor said the expansion should add 3,780 new jobs to the area.

During the news conference, DeSantis also reiterated that Florida is contesting the Biden Administration’s order on vaccine mandates for companies with more than 100 employees and federal contractors.

This news conference comes one day after DeSantis announced the next legislative session would focus on election integrity, including the creation of a separate office at the state level that would investigate election fraud.

DeSantis said the session would create a separate office that is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting election fraud, which would have law enforcement officers and investigators part of the new office.

About the Authors:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.