Florida Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam warned that Florida needs to show its commitment to the Kennedy Space Center or other states with spaceports will try to steal business away.
Putnam said Tuesday at a Cabinet meeting in Cape Canaveral that there is no guarantee that the state will remain the nation's leader in space launches, given competition from other states such as Texas, New Mexico and the mid-Atlantic states.
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll told Cabinet members that Florida has an aggressive plan to fill the gap between the end of the shuttle program and the launch of next-generation rockets.
Florida's Cabinet members include Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam.