Bank of the Islands Sponsors 2022 Python Challenge

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Edison National Bank’s Geoff and Robbie Roepstorff with captured Burmese python.

Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands has become the first corporate sponsor for the 2022 Florida Python Challenge. Additional sponsors, as well as hunters wishing to register, are welcome and can learn more at

This year’s python removal competition, organized by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida in cooperation with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District, is scheduled to run from August 5-14, 2022. The participants are encouraged to remove as many invasive Burmese pythons from designated Florida public lands as possible.

The 10-day event also serves as a reminder to the public that irresponsibly releasing pythons into the wild can have devastating consequences for the native wildlife in the Florida Everglades and surrounding ecosystems.

The bank’s sponsorship is providing prize money that can only be won by registered participants who are serving in the active military or are veterans.

“My wife Robbie and I are avid python hunters,” said Bank CEO Geoff Roepstorff. “Python removal is the front lines of Florida conservation for us and our fellow hunters. This year, we are so proud to encourage the involvement of active military and veterans in the 2022 Python Challenge. The prizes we have underwritten are offered just for them. Best of luck to all the competing hunters.”

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of our founding in 1997, Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands is the oldest locally owned and managed community bank in Lee County. With offices in Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva, our bank is strongly rooted in the community and actively supports civic and charitable causes through both donations and volunteerism. For more information, call (239) 466-1800 or visit

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