WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) – A judge is weighing whether a Georgia county can move ahead with buying land for a commercial spaceport or must first give voters a shot at a special election to approve the deal.

Coastal Camden County won a Federal Aviation Administration license last month to build a private launchpad.

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Opponents who say the project poses financial and environmental risks are trying to defeat it at the ballot box.

A petition with more than 3,800 signatures was filed in December seeking a March referendum on the county’s planned land purchase.

Attorneys for two opponents asked a judge Tuesday to block the land deal until the special election gets held or is denied.

County officials say a delay could kill a project on which they’ve already spent $10.3 million.

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