Economist Dr. Hank Fishkind presented his analysis of why Lakewood Ranch should incorporate to a crowd of about 300 people Tuesday night.
Despite public criticism, Fishkind defended his analysis that incorporation is both feasible and sustainable and the quality of his work.
“If I was evil, stupid and fraudulent, I really wouldn’t be in business for 35 years,” Fishkind said.
Members of the Community Coalition, the newly formed advocacy group for incorporation, will soon begin meeting in groups with residents to discuss Fishkind’s findings in more detail, among other things, members said.
For videos of Tom Thomaides, chairman of the Incorporation Study Committee, from Tuesday's presentation, scroll down.
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- Dr. Fishkind behaved more like a slick salesman, rather than an unbiased economist. I guess he has a lot of loyalty to the developers who paid for the study.
His whole presentation was biased, projections were exaggerated, and risks were not even mentioned. When his basis for wild growth assumptions was challenged multiple times, his repeated response was "even if the base projections are inaccurate, it will not affect the financial viability" How ridiculous is this statement coming from a so called expert economist?
- The presentation was excellent. Dr Fishkind answered all questions and referred residents to the incorporation website for further information. Since residents have talked about incorporation for many years, the prospect that it may happen in the near future is exciting. We can become one community rather than multiple CDDs that can't work together.
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