Statement from Mayor Buckhorn on the Passing of Al Austin

03/18/15

Mayor Bob Buckhorn released the statement below in regards to the passing of Al Austin:

"Al Austin was a real estate pioneer who shaped the physical landscape of Tampa. He was the first to truly understand the value that being in close proximity to Tampa International Airport and Pinellas County could have on developing the Westshore Business District into what it is today.

"He believed in his country, his party, and the importance of public service. His decades long effort to bring the Republican National Convention to Tampa will continue to pay dividends, and it would not have occurred without his hard work and faith.

"From his contributions to the University of Tampa to his work on behalf of MacDill Air Force Base, Al always put his city first. I will miss his guidance and remain grateful for all of he has done for Tampa."

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