updated 4/14/2011 12:16:43 PM ET 2011-04-14T16:16:43

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BankAtlantic, Florida's Most Convenient Bank, announced today that it is pleased to partner with the Children's Services Council of Broward County (the "CSC") in support of the upcoming Second Annual Going Green-"Banking on our Future" Community Fair.

The "Banking on our Future" Community Fair will include free hands-on activities for all age groups, a resource expo, entertainment by WMIA radio personality Chanel, reading corners, a variety of kid's games and crafts, special exhibits and educational presentations. Also, there will be free bike helmets, books, music and interactive fun for the whole family!

"The Second Annual Going Green- 'Banking on our Future' Community Fair is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of respecting and preserving a healthy environment for the benefit of future generations," commented Andrew Leone, Communications Specialist of the Children's Services Council of Broward County. "While the 'Banking on our Future' Community Fair is truly a day of fun and Earth Day celebrations, it is also wrapped in the promise of a sustainable future for our children," he added.

Save the Date!

Celebrate and enjoy Earth Day at the Community Fair on April 30, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. at the Children's Services Council of Broward County, 6600 West Commercial Boulevard, in Lauderhill, FL. 

"Earth Day is a day set aside to realize the natural wonders that we enjoy every day, and to some degree take for granted. In fact, a sound, natural ecology is a part of the legacy we bestow to our children. We are merely the current stewards," commented Jarett Levan, CEO of BankAtlantic. "Please join in the Earth Day celebrations at CSC's Going Green- 'Banking on our Future' Community Fair."

About the Children's Services Council of Broward County: The Children's Services Council of Broward County (the "CSC") focus is Broward's children. Created by the voters in September, 2000 we provide leadership, advocacy, and funding for services for and on behalf of children. Over 100 CSC programs are delivered by "provider" agencies that have clearly defined goals and outcomes and are regularly monitored for quality and performance. The CSC funds programs that have been proven to work. On average, the CSC gets less than 2 cents of every dollar paid in property taxes, which fund a wide variety of programs designed to help children lead a healthy, safe and productive life. And that, of course, makes a difference for all residents of Broward County. For additional information, please visit www.cscbroward.org

About BankAtlantic: BankAtlantic, Florida's Most Convenient Bank is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Florida. BankAtlantic was rated as having the "Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Florida for Retail Banking" based on the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study™. Via its broad network of community branches and conveniently located ATMs, BankAtlantic provides a full line of personal, small business and commercial banking products and services. BankAtlantic is open 7 days a week and offers extended weekday hours, Online Banking & Bill Pay, a 7-Day Customer Service Center, Change Exchange coin counters, as well as retail and business checking accounts. Member FDIC. For further information, please visit www.BankAtlantic.com

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BankAtlantic Bancorp (NYSE:BBX) is a bank holding company and the parent company of BankAtlantic. For further information, please visit: www.BankAtlanticBancorp.com

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive. Further, BankAtlantic received the highest numerical score among retail banks in Florida in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 47,673 total responses measuring 9 providers in Florida and measures opinions of consumers with their primary banking provider. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

CONTACT: CSC Broward Media contact:
         Andrew Leone
         (954) 377-1119
         Email: aleone@cscbroward.org

         BankAtlantic Contact Info:
         Sharon Lyn, V.P. Media Relations:
         954-940-6383
         Email: CorpComm@BankAtlanticBancorp.com
         
         BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. Contact Info:
         Leo Hinkley, Media and Investor Relations Officer
         (954) 940-5300
         Email: InvestorRelations@BankAtlanticBancorp.com

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