Virginia's Spaceport and Money
Of all the vertical launch Commercial Spaceports in the US, only Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) are hosted as part of a NASA or Air Force space installation. This makes MARS especially suited for commercial launches because it was built at low cost but shares much of the infrastructure paid for my the US Government. But after 70 years and 16,000 launches, the County where MARS is located is one of the poorest in Virginia. See the Accomack page for more details about Accomack County.
MARS has all of the advantages of being associated with a Federally-funded NASA facility that can help pay for shared facilities, and accidents. Does Camden County and Georgia have the same bailout opportunity?
Even the State of Virginia did not realize that their insurance would not cover rocket crashes into their facilities costing millions. Does Camden County have better business and risk management?
If the MARS Spaceport creates thousands of jobs, why are property values decreasing in Accomack County?
What assurances does Camden County have that the State of Georgia will continue to subsidize the Spaceport if it cannot pay its own way?
What assurances do Camden County property owners and shoppers have that we will not have to continue to subsidize the Spaceport?