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Robert Trigaux

Weakest rated Florida banks top 50 in new quarterly ratings but state may be peaking



Wake up and good morning. 51numberonmug Fifty-one Florida-based banks received a "zero" rating, the lowest possible health rating from zero to 5 "stars" based on their condition at the end of the first quarter. That's according to fresh numbers just out from the Coral Gables financial rating firm Bauer Financial.

Of those 51 zeros -- a rating that these banks are so weak that government intervention is likely in the vast majority of cases -- plenty of individual banks are based in the Tampa Bay area. With the caveat that this list is based on March 31 data, here's a geographic breakdown of 10 of those 51 based nearby :


* First Commercial Bank of Tampa Bay
* Progress Bank of Florida
* Southern Commerce Bank NA


* Old Harbor Bank


* Southshore Community Bank


* Community National Bank of Bartow


* Horizon Bank


* Cortez Communtiy Bank


* Bank of Commerce
* Landmark Bank of Florida

With 51 most troubled banks, obviously Florida will have a number of failures still to go this year. The Sunshine State only recently passed Illinois as the No. 1 state in 2010  thus far for bank failures, though that premier spot may seesaw for awhile among various states.

If there is a silver lining in all this, it is the fact that only 13 Florida banks are rated "one star" which means there is not a large number of weak banks immediately in the pipeline to swell the number of zero star rated banks in this state. You can find the entire list by picking "Florida" and hitting "search" at this  link.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

Here is the complete list of 51 banks designated zero star by Bauer Financial:

Bank of Commerce: Sarasota, FL

Bank of Coral Gables: Coral Gables

Bank of Miami N.A.: Coral Gables

Bayside Savings Bank: Port St. Joe

Beach Community Bank: Fort Walton Beach,

Central Florida State Bank: Belleview

Coastal Bank: Merritt Island

Coastal Community Bank: Panama City Beach,

Community National Bank At Bartow: Bartow

Cortez Community Bank: Brooksville

Federal Trust Bank: Sanford,

First Bank of Jacksonville: Jacksonville,

First Capital Bank: Marianna

First City Bank of Florida: Fort Walton Beach

First Commercial Bank of Florida: Orlando

First Commercial Bank of Tampa Bay: Tampa

First East Side Savings Bank: Tamarac

First Guaranty Bank & Trust of Jacksonville: Jacksonville

First National Bank of Central Florida: Winter Park

First National Bank of Crestview: Crestview

First National Bank of Florida: Milton,

First Peoples Bank: Port Saint Lucie,

Florida Capital Bank N.A.: Jacksonville

Great Florida Bank: Miami

Gulf Coast Community Bank: Pensacola

Gulf State Community Bank: Carrabelle

Haven Trust Bank of Florida: Ponte Vedra Beach

Heritage Bank of North Florida: Orange Park

Home Federal Bank of Hollywood: Hallandale Beach

Horizon Bank: Bradenton

Independent National Bank: Ocala

Landmark Bank of Florida: Sarasota

Metro Bank of Dade County: Miami

Ocean Bank: Miami

Oceanside Bank: Jacksonville

Old Harbor Bank: Clearwater

Olde Cypress Community Bank: Clewiston

OptimumBank: Plantation

Peninsula Bank: Englewood

Progress Bank of Florida: Tampa

Putnam State Bank: Palatka

Royal Palm Bank of Florida: Naples

Security Bank N.A.: North Lauderdale

Southern Commerce Bank N.A.: Tampa

Southshore Community Bank: Apollo Beach

Sterling Bank: Lantana,

Sunrise Bank: Cocoa Beach

Sunshine State Community Bank: Port Orange

TIB Bank: Naples,

Turnberry Bank: Aventura,

Wakulla Bank: Crawfordville


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