Prominent Tampa developer and philanthropist Al Austin — known as Tampa’s “Mr. Everything” — passed away Wednesday evening at the age of 85.
Austin, a former Republican Party finance chair, was one of the forces behind the Republican National Convention coming to Tampa in 2012. He was also responsible for the development of the West Shore business district, the single biggest business district on the Gulf coast.
Austin also spearheaded the fundraising campaign to expand the University of Tampa, and served as Tampa Airport Authority chair.
Bill Day honors the legacy of Tampa’s leading Republican, in his latest editorial cartoon: