Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is the Housing Market Even Worse than it Seems?

The first and only word(s) I have heard from Dustin Zacks, Mayoral candidate.  Click here for link to article.

5 comments:

TP said...

he has a Facebook page and a page on the web, but no new activity since mid august, when I think it was created....

Anonymous said...

Hopefully during the election he'll use his experience and oratory skills to expose the city manager and current commission for they frauds they are

Anonymous said...

Seems like an intelligent guy. As someone once said about President G. W. Bush "he states the obvious with a refreshing sense of discovery."

tp said...

yes, he does appear to call a spade a spade, but he is not actively campaigning, and he does not have any permanent ties to LW....much like our current Mayor...From recent experience with Varela....may look good, did not stand up to the test of time. He should be involved with Lake Worth, but I would love to see him on an Advisory Board first.

Russ said...

The most telling comment came in this paragraph:

Most of Zacks' struggling clients are in construction-related industries, “so we have to get people working together to build up our construction industry again, and that's what Florida was built on,” he said. “Continuing construction, continuing the drive to get new businesses and residents, and we're not going to do that if code enforcements goes crazy or if our land use regulations are anachronistic.”

Dependency on construction for economic growth is facile, and one reason Florida is in the same pickle as some other sun-belt states. It doesn't take much study of the history of Florida's overdevelopment to grasp WHY building booms and busts occur every 20 years or so going back to the 1890s. Further, he's suggesting that strict code enforcement has a direct correlation to our stumbling economy and stalled redevelopment of older building stocks, which is patently false. Builders like clean slates of cheap land, compliant government and higher profits. They generally don't embrace long-term municipal rehabilitation programs... but in this environment, smart builders should.

If he wants to be more involved in Lake Worth politics, a board position would be as far as I'd allow. Anything beyond that should be judged by his performance.