Storm-damaged SunTrust Bank won’t reopen

After a year of delays and postponed reopenings, the hurricane-damaged SunTrust Bank branch at 500 N. Miramar Ave in Indialantic will not return.

SunTrust spokesman Hugh Suhr said “unforeseen issues” led to the company’s decision not to reopen this branch location.

“The storm damage combined with other structural issues was much more than initially anticipated,” Suhr said.

“We are in the process of notifying our clients.”

On Sept. 11, 2017, a small tornado caused by Hurricane Irma damaged the building.

Indialantic Mayor Dave Berkman said after repairing their roof, SunTrust officials found structural damage in the foundation due to corroding steel.

Before the decision to close was announced, local SunTrust customers expected the branch to reopen this month and some, like Randall Wood, have been frustrated.

“My only comment and those of my neighbors that utilize that SunTrust branch is the frustration of this seemingly endless process,” Randall said.

“It has been a year since Hurricane Irma, and the pace of renovating that building has been exceedingly slow.”

Other nearby SunTrust Bank locations include 314 E. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Indian Harbour Beach, and 1303 S. Babcock Ave. in Melbourne.

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