Mid-Bay Bridge | Board Members
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Board Members

James D. Neilson, Jr.

MBBA Board Chair

Mr. Neilson of Destin is originally from Alexandria, Louisiana where he retired after a 23-year career in the Insurance Industry.  Upon moving to Destin in 1983, he served as President and General Manager of Sandpiper Cove Condominium Association until retiring in 2000. He is active in the community and currently serves his community with the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, and Destin Water Users, Inc.  He has previously served as a Director with Regions Bank, Commissioner and Chairman of the Destin Fire Control District, Director of Kelly Arts, Chairman of the Destin Harbor Partnership, Chairman of the Destin Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Destin Military Affairs Committee, and Commander’s Community Liaison for Air Force Materiel Command.  He is a previous recipient of the Eglin AFB Community Ambassador Award, Destin Outstanding Senior Citizen Award, Destin Volunteer of the Year Award, and Destin Business Person of the Year Award.

Gordon E. Fornell

MBBA Board Vice-Chair

Lieutenant General Fornell, USAF, (Ret) retired from active duty in the USAF in 1993 with over 35 years of service. He has been a private consultant since retiring and lives in Niceville, FL. He is also a member of the Defense Support Initiative of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation, member of both the Niceville Chamber of Commerce and Emerald Coast Military Affairs Committee, and member of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority. He served in senior acquisition leadership positions in AF Systems Command and AF Materiel Command. He is a graduate of the AF Test Pilot School, holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an engineering degree from Michigan State University.  

Dewey “Parker” Destin

MBBA Board Member

Dewey “Parker” Destin is a lifelong resident of Destin, Florida. Parker grew up commercial fishing and operating restaurants with his family before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tampa in 2007. Parker graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2012 and is admitted to the Bar in the State of Florida. A former intern for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney Office, Parker’s practice focuses on institutional law, commercial litigation, and environmental law. Parker is active in local governmental and environmental organizations and is a member of the Emerald Coast Reef Association.  

Robert “Bobby” Griggs

MBBA Board Member

Griggs, 31, of Fort Walton Beach, is self-employed in real estate and land development. He previously served as a member of the Fort Walton Beach City Council and the West Florida Regional Planning Council. He succeeds Daniel Bowers and is appointed for a term beginning December 22, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016.   All Mid-Bay Bridge Authority members are appointed by the Governor and serve 3-year terms of office, and continue in office until reappointed or replaced.


The members may be contacted via phone at (850) 897-1428, via email at staff@mid-bay.com, or via mail at P.O. Box 5037, Niceville, Fla 32578-5037.