Spaceport Camden Project Hits Roadblocks
Thursday, February 24th, 2022
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Those opposing Spaceport Camden are claiming two big wins recently after a Probate Court Judge ruled that Camden County residents will vote in a March 8 special election to decide the fate of the proposed Spaceport, and a Superior Court Judge issued an injunction that ensures the county won’t buy that land before the special election is held.
On Feb 8, Probate Judge Robert C. Sweatt Jr. issued an order verifying the referendum was warranted by a petition filed in December and signed by at least 10 percent of the county’s registered voters, as required by the Georgia Constitution, according to a report in The Current. The court ruling stated that “3,516 valid petition signatures have been submitted and verified by the Court meeting the threshold set forth in Article IX, Section II, Paragraph I of the Georgia Constitution.” The petitioners needed 3,482 valid signatures.
As a result of this ruling, there will be a single question placed on a March 8 ballot:
“Shall the resolutions of the Board of Commissioners of Camden County, Georgia authorizing the Option Contract with Union Carbide Corporation and Camden County’s right and option to purchase the property described therein be repealed.”
Three days after that ruling, Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett issued an order that said Camden County cannot purchase the 4,000 acres of land – Union Carbide property – until after the March 8 referendum.
According to reports, Camden has spent over six years and $10 million to develop a commercial spaceport from which small rockets would launch vertically up to 12 times per year. The Federal Aviation Administration approved a site operator’s license for the county in December, but the license is conditioned on the county purchasing the Union Carbide property. According to The Current, the former industrial site is so polluted that an environmental covenant on it prohibits any residential uses or use of groundwater for drinking.
“Being in the aviation field for many years, I realize what an outstanding opportunity this Spaceport is for the residents of Camden County,” said Jeanne Seaver, a candidate for Lt. Governor and a longtime GOP activist from Savannah who has followed the project since its inception. Seaver spoke with InsiderAdvantage Thursday night. “It’s a shame that environmentalists are trying to stop this. I hope the residents of Camden County who actually have a vested interest in this project will turn out to voice their support of this project in the special election.
“The Spaceport is desperately needed and would be a big victory for South Georgia. I commend the Board of Commissioners for all the work they have put into this – including their efforts to get a Technical College built in the area for those interested in pursuing careers in this industry.
“Cape Canaveral has maxed out on launches, and this would be a great opportunity for South Georgia,” Seaver added. “It is so disgusting that a small group of far-left wingers are trying to stop this.”
In the latest ruling, Judge Scarlett also denied a request from the county to require that the two county residents who have spearheaded local opposition to the spaceport post a $20 million bond.
Seaver told IAG, “A Glynn County environmental group with a board member that owns property on Little Cumberland Island paid to promote this referendum in Camden County and collect signatures with misleading mailers. This isn’t about the property the county wants to acquire – which is being done with the counsel of the best environmental attorneys in the country – it’s about the fact that the elites with vacation homes in Camden County couldn’t stop the project at the FAA and desperately want to stop economic development in Camden.”