JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- CecilAirport is one giant step closer to outer space.

The Florida House is close to passing a bill that would give tax breaks to space tourism-related companies operating at Cecil Airport, our newsgathering partner The Florida Times-Union reports.

The bill is sponsored by local Rep. Lake Ray and would designated CecilAirport as a "spaceport territory" at the state level.

CecilAirport is the Navy's former master jet base and was made the country's eighth designated horizontal launch commercial spaceport.