OUR MISSION: To preserve our natural resources, manage growth & promote eco-friendly tourism in a clean, safe community environment.

The Santa Rosa Island Authority will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23rd, in order to protect the public health and safety of our staff and citizens. Customers will be assisted via email or telephone. We will be working virtually Monday- Friday 8:30-5pm.

Please visit our website at and or give us a call at 850-932-2257.

Contact information:

Administration- Robbie Schrock at

Development & Environmental- Melody Forte at & Paolo Ghio at

Finance- Vickie Johnson at

HR & Events- Kara Gauntt at

Executive Director- Paolo Ghio at

All other needs-

Santa Rosa Island Authority
-since 1947

On June 16, 1947 the Florida State Legislature ratified the establishment of the Santa Rosa Island Authority after Escambia County’s Board of County Commissioners’ voted to establish a long-range program for commercial and residential development and institute a more permanent governmental body for the island. A portion of Santa Rosa Island was dedicated as National Monument status in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt.  After the Island Authority was established, it was tasked to persuade the federal government to terminate the status in order to develop facilities and services on the island. Chapter 25810 of the 1949 Florida Legislature allowed the SRIA to create ninety-nine-year leases for residential construction.  The leasehold agreements required a fixed annual payment and were exempt from ad valorem and property taxes.