Laura DiBella currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nassau County (Florida) Economic Development Board and Port Director for the Port of Fernandina, Ocean Highway and Port Authority - one of only two female Port Directors in the state of Florida. 


Laura’s career expands across numerous industries, from manufacturing to marketing to commercial real estate – collectively of which delivers extensive experience that has helped her excel in her dual role.  Her most notable successes to date involve several diverse recruitment and expansion projects encompassing manufacturing, corporate headquarters, healthcare and logistics, all of which has elevated economic development in Nassau County, Florida, along with the profile of the Port of Fernandina to a level that was most recently recognized by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

Laura DiBella

Port Director


Contact Information

Ocean Highway and Port Authority
86130 License Rd, Suite 9
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Cell: 561.756.3132

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Port Director

Christopher T. Ragucci

(904) 990-1400 (o)

(917) 836-2880 (c)

Christopher Ragucci

Port Operations

Office: (904) 990-1400

General Contact

Office: (904) 491-7422
Fax: (904) 432-0229

Find us

OHPA of Nassau County
86130 License Road, Suite 9
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Mission Statement

The “Ocean Highway and Port Authority was created in 1941 and authorized to carry out public purposes to benefit to the citizens of the County of Nassau and the State of Florida.”

(Ch. 21418,S12.Sp. Acts 1941)

Fiscal year runs from

October 1 - September 30.


Ocean Highway and Port Authority was established in 1941 by the Florida Legislature. Read our charter here.

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