Camden County Appoints Members to Spaceport Subcommittee

camden_county_sealWOODBINE, Ga. (Camden County PR) — At the October 20, 2015 regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Board of Commissioners, upon the recommendation of County Administrator Steve Howard, appointed nine additional committee members to serve on the Environmental Sub-Committee of the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee.

Howard recommended the appointments of Ashby Nix, Satilla Riverkeeper; Alex Kearns, St Marys Earthkeepers; Meagan Desrosiers, One Hundred Miles; Russell Regnery, Ph.D., Little Cumberland Island; Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority; Phil Fortune, J.D.,St. Simons Island; Charles McMillan, P.E., Georgia Conservancy; David Ball, Cumberland Island; and Mark Risse, Ph.D., Georgia Sea Grant and UGA Marine Extension. The new appointees will join Environmental Sub-Committee Chairman Clay Montague, Ph.D., who was also recently appointed by the Commissioners on October 6, 2015.

Howard is excited to have these accomplished individuals to serve on this important committee and he looks forward to their valuable input. “I appreciate their willingness to serve and am confident the committee will do an outstanding job with the tasks set before them.”

Andrew Nelson Joins Spaceport Camden Project Team

camden_county_sealWOODBINE, Ga. (Camden County PR) — The Camden County Board of Commissioners and County Administrator Steve Howard are pleased to announce the recent addition of Andrew Nelson to the Spaceport Camden Project Team.

Nelson is a recognized leader in the commercial space sector with a diverse background leading innovative entrepreneurial space companies, the development of new regulatory environments for the industry and working with governments on the formation of spaceports and operational sites for the industry.

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Georgia Spaceport Effort Advances

Camden_County_JDAA couple of pieces of news from Georgia, where Camden County officials last month commissioned an environmental impact statement for the site of a proposed coastal spaceport and also visited the state capital to promote the project.

County administrator Steve Howard told the board that, after much dialogue, the property owners of the proposed spaceport site off Interstate 95 Exit 7 finalized a confidentiality agreement this week. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which costs $745,000, was approved by the board of commissioners and includes many steps with private companies, the Federal Aviation Administration and a private EIS consultant assigned to Camden’s officials.

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Georgia Spaceport Plan Advances

camden_county_sealThe Brunswick News has the following update on efforts to develop a spaceport in Georgia:

The Camden County Commission wants to show it is in the race to bring a space port to the county.

Commissioners voted, 5-0, Tuesday to hire Holland & Knight, a Washington, D.C.,-based consulting firm, to represent the county with real estate, environmental counseling and government affairs services to help convince Space X that Camden County is the best location among three finalists to build a commercial space port….

The consultant will review and analyze an environmental impact statement and comments from interested parties, assist the Camden County Joint Development Authority in negotiations to acquire land for the launch facility, off-site launch control and viewing facility from the current owners, Union Carbide and Bayer CropScience.

The consultant will also evaluate options for the off-site facility, analyze and evaluate options regarding acquisition and construction financing, determine off-site easements needed and address any political or administrative concerns or issues with the Federal Aviation Administration, Navy, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers and other state and federal agencies.

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