ATLANTA - Banks interested in expanding into Florida are under the gun to move fast because there's not much left to buy.

In the wake of Amsouth Bancorp.'s deal to acquire Fortune Bancorp, a $2.6 billion-asset thrift based in Clearwater, attention is tightly focused on Florida's nine remaining independent financial institutions with assets of $1 billion or more. Six of the acquisition candidates are thrifts.

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