Not dead yet: Inside David Straz’s $1.1 million Tampa mausoleum

It’s no secret that Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz is really, really rich.

But he wants voters to focus not on his wealth, but on his success that grew from a young man sweeping floors to a business guru running a banking empire; the real life American dream.

What Straz probably doesn’t want is for voters to think he’s just another rich guy who has nothing in common with the constituency he seeks to serve.

But if his taste in afterlife decor is any indication, that’s exactly what he is.

Straz owns a $1.1 million mausoleum in Tampa’s Myrtle Cemetery. He disclosed as much on his financial disclosure filed with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

That mausoleum is a spectacular display of ostentatious living that marks the Straz way of life. If Straz’s choice of imagery in his final resting place is meant as an homage to the things he holds dear, that includes cars that cost more than middle-class homes and private jets.

The exterior of the mausoleum boasts great columns behind a well-manicured lawn.

Straz’s name graces the top: “David A. Straz Jr. & Family.” There’s a family crest above that.

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