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This Authority was created in accordance with the Laws of Florida (1974), Chapter 245.00, Section 1, and approved through legislative act in 1983, Chapter 70-680 & 75-366, Laws of Florida.  On that basis, the Santa Rosa Island authority administers the area known as Pensacola Beach.  It is charged with the responsibility of beach maintenance, development of recreation facilities, and adoption and enforcement of rules, regulations and improvements within this area.  The Authority shall consist of six (6) members, five (5) of whom shall be selected and appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  Each Commissioner shall select and nominate one (1) member to be approved by a majority vote of the Board to serve a term concurrent with the term of the nominating Commissioner.  The sixth member shall be an Escambia County resident of Santa Rosa Island elected at each general election by registered Escambia County voters residing on Santa Rosa Island (effective 11/1/83).


  • Bridgette Brooks, District 1
    Term of Office: 11/22/16– 11/2024

  • Charles D. Thornton, District 2
    Term of Office: 11/22/2022 – 11/2026

  • Jerome E. Watson, District 3
    Term of Office: 2/06/14 – 11/2024

  • Elizabeth C. Callahan, District 4
    Term of Office: Reappointed thru 11/2026

  • Gary "Bubba" Peters, District 5
    Term of Office: 
    07/08/19 – 11/2024

  • Thomas Campanella, Elected
    Term of Office: 11/2002 - 11/2022

Point of Contact:

  • Honorable David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections
  • Leigh Davis, Executive Director, SRIA
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