provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Bank of the Islands President Robbie Roepstorff is pleased to announce a milestone in the bank’s hurricane recovery. Effective Monday, August 7, the bank’s Sanibel office will be partially reopened for customers and community groups.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian, Bank of the Islands worked quickly to open its Sanibel and Captiva offices. Since that time, its Sanibel banking services have been available out of temporary on-site operations at 1699 Periwinkle Way at Casa Ybel Road. Now, meeting rooms and space for private banking transactions, including loan consultations, will be available in the bank’s building while lobby renovations continue.
“We have been happy to welcome island customers and community groups to our Fort Myers and Captiva offices during the months following the surge,” said Roepstorff. “While those spaces will continue to be available for our customers and neighbors, it means so much to welcome back our fellow islanders within the Sanibel bank building.”
Prior to the storm, the Bank of the Islands’ Sanibel office regularly welcomed 27 different community groups to use the Sanibel office’s meeting rooms for their gatherings.
After months of addressing customer needs in our temporary offices, we look forward to providing them proper office space to discuss their personal banking and lending needs,” said Roepstorff.
The Bank of the Islands is the only bank with offices, including ATM operations, on Sanibel and Captiva. The Captiva office, located next to the Captiva Post Office at 14812 Captiva Drive, is open from 9am-2pm Monday-Friday, with a half-hour lunch closure at noon. The Bank’s Sanibel office is offering banking services from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday at 1699 Periwinkle Way at Casa Ybel Road. In addition, the Edison National Bank offices in Fort Myers at 13000 S. Cleveland Avenue and the River District office at 2105 First Street continue to welcome all of the Bank’s island customers. The bank’s meeting spaces in Fort Myers are also available to the islands’ non-profit organizations and houses of worship. All visitors are welcome to enjoy iced water, coffee and freshly baked cookies in our bank offices.
“SCCF has been so grateful to conduct the monthly meetings of our Board of Trustees and several committees since October 2022,” said James Evans, CEO of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation (SCCF). “The bank is such an irreplaceable community partner to all the island nonprofits.”
As the oldest locally owned and managed community bank on Sanibel and Captiva, Bank of the Islands is proud to be the winner of more than 50 “Best of the Islands” awards over two decades.