Michael Jackson's Neverland the Next Graceland? Never! say Locals

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on July 1, 2009

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The parallels are almost eerie. A world-famous singing sensation, known for his distinctive dance moves, glittery wardrobe and bizarre behavior, dies of heart failure amidst a pile of prescription drugs. Fans line up outside the gates of his estate—waiting to pay their respects to the King. It’s Michael Jackson we’re talking about though, not Elvis. But there is still plenty of speculation that Jackson’s famous home—Neverland Ranch—could become a tourist attraction ala Presley’s Graceland.

For days rumors swirled that his family was considering a public viewing of Jackson’s body at Neverland, a 2,800 acre spread, located 33 miles northeast of Santa Barbara, Calif. News crews booked hotel rooms. AT&T and Verizon were allegedly moving in emergency cell phone antennas. The appearance of a cement truck at the ranch on June 30 had readers of celebrity gossip site TMZ.com speculating there may even be a crypt under construction.

The man who controls the ranch, real estate investor Thomas Barrack, is mum about the long term plans. Barrack’s Colony Capital bought the $22 million mortgage on the property just before it went up for auction last year. It’s now owned in a joint venture with Jackson’s estate, says Barrack spokesperson Joanne Lessner. She released an effusively worded letter from Barrack to local residents on June 30. Citing pioneering California missionary Junipero Serra, Jackson’s 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges and “a Western tradition of kindness and hospitality,” Barrack asks his neighbors to bear with the public onslaught and let the world take in the “magic elixir” of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Locals say it is highly unlikely Barrack or the Jackson family could get permission to build a Graceland-like tourist attraction at the site, however. Local real estate broker and long time area resident William Etling recently blogged about the issues that might prohibit such a development. The ranch, he notes, is zoned for agricultural not commercial use. After talking with a local mortician, Etling says it is unlikely that Jackson’s body could legally be buried on the property.

Then there is the issue of the community support. Last year voters in Santa Barbara County shot down a candidate for supervisor who was seen as pro-hotel development. Locals, including celebrity residents such as Bo Derek and David Crosby, have vigorously opposed expansion plans by the local Chumash Indian casino. Lately locals have taken to calling the ranch Never!-land.

As a real estate broker, Etling would seemingly have an interest in seeing more development of the bucolic region, which saw a surge in tourism five years ago after the movie Sideways was filmed there. But Etling says the largely wealthy area residents have no interest in opening more of their valley to John Q. Public. “It would depreciate our property to have that carnival,” he says. “It’s not that type of place. It’s very stable. There’s not a lot of mobility.”

Jackson’s ranch is located about five miles north of the tiny wine country hamlet of Los Olivos. It’s one of the most beautiful spots in the country, blessed with rolling hills, vineyards and cool, damp air from the nearby ocean.

It is a part of the world Barrack knows well. He’s owned a ranch and vineyard near Neverland for three decades. Last year he reached a settlement with neighbors that allowed him to open his Happy Canyon Winery to wine salespeople and critics but not for public wine tastings, which locals had opposed.

Retired venture capitalist Bob Field, who says his own property overlooks Barrack’s vineyard, has another suggestion for his neighbor—dismantle Neverland and take it piece by piece to Las Vegas, where Barrack’s company owns the Las Vegas Hilton and an interest in Station Casinos—a string of gambling joints aimed at local residents. “This is a small valley,” Field says. “We don’t have the roads, hospitals or airport. It will take him multiple years to develop anything here. It would cost him a fraction of that in Las Vegas. The day it opened, there would be many times the visitors.”

If a Neverland museum doesn’t get developed in Vegas or Los Olivos there are other cities that might welcome it. The mayor of Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana is practically begging to have the star’s remains find a permanent home there.

Reader Comments

z

July 1, 2009 3:37 PM

What a shame. That's what really gets me about wealthy snobs (note: as opposed to wealthy non snobs) -if John Q public stopped buying their product then these snobs would end up spending their precious money on keeping up the lifestyle there became accustomed to before they offended their bread and butter. Shame on them.

Squeezebox

July 1, 2009 3:45 PM

Have you ever heard the stories of Woodstock? I'm sure the neighbors weren't happy about the concert there either, but you couldn't keep the crowds away. The celebs might as well sell now, the crowds are coming anyway, invited or not. All the weird and creepy stuff Jackson collected over the years makes the museum worth going to even if you didn't like Jacko.

Enrique

July 1, 2009 3:55 PM

It will be a great place for Tourism. In fact, it should be developed right now, as soon as possible as demand is high. And it can be made respecting the enviroment and the neighborhood.

A Michael Jackson´s Museum in "Neverland" is what millions of consumers in the World demand.

Los Olivian

July 1, 2009 10:20 PM

Finally! an intelligent, well-written, factual and accurate story about this madness...well done.

Ernee

July 1, 2009 10:23 PM

Michael rest in peace brother. You left us in life but you left a never ending love of YOUR music. Thanks baby be with GOD

nettie

July 2, 2009 2:31 AM

i am deaf and hear hearing. i shock michealjackson is died. i dont belive that. i really miss of lot . this is beauful nice big house


from beaumont texas misssssss lover micheal jackson . bye

bguadalupe

July 2, 2009 9:02 AM

Locals(Mr Field)Yokels, "This small valley", Its like we got our money the proven way,and don't want people like MJ (may he RIP) come here messing up our "little valley" with twinkling lights,and God forbid, roads and hospitals.Keep that in Vegas, and leave our NEVERland Alone..

jane

July 2, 2009 4:35 PM

Wouldn't Michael's family want to keep his home a private sanctuary for themselves, his children and friends? Hasn't he been exploited enough? It's time to let go & treasure all he gave us when he was alive. Turning his private home into a money making machine does not honor him in any way.

Rinny

July 4, 2009 5:28 AM

Dear Michael Jackson,

You are the real Peter Pan in our real life, you bring us lot's of happiness, care, and Love. You will be in our hearts forever and ever. You are not alone.

Now, you can fly to every where you want to. You are always be our Peter Pan...
really miss you...

Peter Pan is our guardian...

We all miss you...
We Love you.

rinny

July 4, 2009 5:30 AM

I want to send 1000pcs of wishing paper crane to Neverland to Michael Jackson…
all my wishes and regards, folded by myself.

But I don’t know the address and location.

PLEASE…! if you could help or can provide me the address of Neverland.
PLEASE HELP!
rinnyrinny87@hotmail.com

Many thanks..!

Localrez

July 4, 2009 5:10 PM

We locals do not want any of the Jackson's or the fans in and around our beautiful area. There are other places in which MJ can be remembered.

Louise Clayton

July 6, 2009 4:29 AM

richard

July 8, 2009 2:01 AM

My honest opinion he was 1 in a million and no one could ever replace him,i wish i could have had the chance to meet him what a star,like me and millions of others i wish i could turn back time and bring him back.xxxxxxx

Jagged Little Pill

July 9, 2009 2:46 PM

TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS BEWARE TO NOT LET AN ISLAMIC SHRINE AT NEVERLAND.WHY IS ONE OF THE BROTHERS PUSHING THE IDEA.

WHO ARE YOUR TEACHERS

July 9, 2009 3:00 PM

DID MICHAEL JACKSON START TO LEARN NOT JUST FROM HIS FATHER.OTHER ADULTS FORMED HIS BEHAVIOR.MARLON BRADON (wally cox) Taking from other actors around the world,MARCEL MARCEAU walk against the wind? Edga Allen Poe ,DR CARR-NAJEE ALI..very smart,build it they will come..like A preditor walk into my web..ONE SCARY DUDE.. A THRILLER

Barbara C

July 11, 2009 3:37 AM

This is to Michael....I know you loved Neverland Ranch...However, you moved on to another smaller ranch in Colorado. And now you have moved on to the largest ranch ever. Heaven has its newest choir member. We all love you and I, for one, will see you again someday when I come to live in your new ranch. God has blessed you.

dman

July 11, 2009 5:16 AM

I would like to start out by saying that Michael Jackson was a wonderful artist and that there may never be anyone else like him for a long time. But at the same time, this man was accused of child molestation and in my opinion got away with it only because of his celebrity status. I do not miss anyone that touches a child inapropiately nor do I condone giving a child wine telling them that it is some type of "juice", nor do I let children sleep in the same bed as me. This man was sick and those that praise him should shake the hand of all the molesters out there and welcome them into your homes. Shame on you for condoning this type of behavior, he doesnt deserve the attention that he is getting... Long live Elvis...

Ryan

July 11, 2009 5:26 AM

Umm... really the residents don't have an option on if they build. Their concern should be when they build it. Remember money talks... not crank residents. There are more fans out in the world and more money that can be made then everyone combined in that little town. Do you thinks the residents had a say in disney??? a say in graceland??/ This is not a walmart coming to town people, one day your town will be struggling for money and everyone will turn to the family and say build it. Your state is already in great dispair financially. As Arnold he'll say I'll cut the ribbon tomarrow. Complaining will get your no where so give up and just say yes!

jane Greville

July 11, 2009 5:37 AM

speaking to the welfare of those three beautiful little ones, i would hope that any judge worth his salt would ask the children where they would like to go, after all it is about them,not any one else, i also think that the last wishes of the deceased should be respected absolutely, mj wanted his mother to care for them, any person who is only willing to take part of and not all of, should not !!! be considered,to the little one,the eldertwo are his brother and sister, how bewildering and damaging would that be to take away part of a support system that he has always known, Michael was and is there Dad, respect his last wishes as they WERE'NT in his latter years

Jana

July 11, 2009 6:24 AM

All of you need to wake up. Neverland is not a place for a show. There has been ranchers there for years worked very hard for their land and families, Jackson walked in and made it a childs attraction, for whatever reasons, he used drugs (which we teach our children not to do) he spent billions on foolish things, instead of for the good of the human race. Allow his children to live normal lives away from the spot light, but most of all, "King of Pop" ? He is a shame to all entertainers, he has made a fool out of the word performer, and yet people in times that money is tight, will spend their last dime to see a gold empty casket, travel to one of the largest cities, whos feeding your children, paying your bills.
I say NEVER allow Neverland to open again, on blogger says move to Vegas, good idea just get his crap, news media and all his drug using stories out of California. Donate the land to handicap children,sell it and give the money for a cure of Lupus, by the way he had and never donated to this painful diease.
Hes no king, one king and thats God and am sure hes answering alot right now, this was his way out to make money, save himself, not the world.
All of you need to grow up, the amount of money he spent on drugs, houses, he could have housed and feed 10 familys for 10 years.
Child molester? If it walks like a duck its a duck, the first mother sold her child for sex.
Santa Barabra, dont allow this to come to your towns and destroy the beauty of surrounding areas, the rest of you go home.

Tonia

July 11, 2009 7:02 AM

Like it or not MJ is a icon and his home needs to be preserved for his fans just like Graceland and Elvis. I am sure the people in Memphis were not excitied at first when Graceland would be open to the public. However it has been for some time and the fans have been very respectful of the property and property around Graceland. I am sure the same would be true of Neverland and MJ fans.

justice

July 11, 2009 7:03 AM

hey yal people is omse real evil satanic snobs Jah need to come for yall and take away all yal riches so u can all see that we are men have love in yoour heart not hate all yall evil snobs from the neverland vally

Pat Yost

July 11, 2009 7:12 AM

Shame on the locals, Shame Shame. You are bad examples of what California stands for. Everyone comes and loves California. Now you think that you can stay who and what should be done in your neighborhood. You didn't mind Neverland to be built there, you should not try to stop the future of Neverland for all of MJ's fans. Always Remember MJ's music and all his kindness. He gave so much to help this be a Better World. We Love You Michael.

lyndyb

July 11, 2009 7:36 AM

Localrez - while you don't want the regular folks/fans spoiling YOUR beautiful area, you feel "there are other places in which MJ can be remembered?" It's OK for other people in another area to deal with this, as long as it's not you, eh? I'm sorry, but Neverland Ranch is synonymous with MJ and regardless of what is officially designated as a memorial for Michael, that is where people will gravitate.

I do sympathize, but it's simply inevitable - at least in the short term. For those who think it would be a great museum, I don't believe the contents of the home as MJ lived in it are there any longer - though I'm not sure what happened to them. Unless the contents were moved to storage and/or retained and can be returned, people wouldn't really see the house as it was when MJ lived there. Recent news crews allowed access after his death showed an empty house - a fascinating and gorgeous house that admittedly would be fascinating to see in itself.

Rose Cassidy

July 11, 2009 7:36 AM

Michael deserves to have his resting place at home in Neverland, he worked hard for it he gave us Music Dance and great video. He was a peace negoiator through music and his humanitarian help with charities. He also is a father whom supported his chidren. He needs our support and so does his family it isn't easy in raring children no matter how famous you are. As a fan from Ireland I want to visit and enjoy in memory what Michael enjoyed, the place that he loved. He loved Neverland. He will be there in spirit and no one can take that away. We need to be there for him and his family and fight to keep his memory alive. Love Rose

p

July 11, 2009 8:24 AM

I don't blame the neighbors. I wouldn't want it in my neighborhood either.

munchkin

July 11, 2009 8:59 AM

hmmmm,,, the nieghbors didn't seem to mind so much when MJ lived there,, I mean with all the taxes he paid and I'm sure he donated generously to the community where it was needed, now when the time comes for the nieghbors to pay him back in rememberance this is what he gets??? hmmmm.... real nice people of the valley,, real nice!

CAT

July 11, 2009 9:32 AM

PUT HIS PRIZED POSSESSIONS BACK IN NETHER LAND, BUT ONLY BUS THEM IN.

ONE BUS A DAY!!!

I DON'T THINK THE PEOPLE WOULD MIND THAT,
I DON'T THINK I WOULD LIKE SEEING CARS ALL DAY LONG GO BY...BUT A BUS A DAY,
THEN NO ONE IS DRIVING IN.

MAKE IT A DAY OUT THERE, WITH A MOVIE TO.
OR
MAKE 2 BUS TRIPS A DAY, WITH A 5 HOUR MINIMUM OUT AT NETHERLAND.

THIS WOULD BRING THE MONEY IN, AND WOULD NOT BE A LOT OF TRAFFIC.

SOMETHING THE BIG SHOTS NEED TO THINK ABOUT.

fred clarke

July 11, 2009 9:36 AM

I think neverland should be turn into a disney world of sort.Michael Jackson would have like that way.With hotels and the whole 9 yards.

the dude

July 11, 2009 9:46 AM

I hope they turn the whole area into a huge amusement park and annoy the shit out of all the locals. Rich fucks, rot in hell.

ibfedup

July 11, 2009 9:46 AM

Jez people, the guys dead and gone wearing an ankle bracelet in the beyond. Find another pathetic, starched pedophyle to swoon over. Get a life for petes sake!

Poni

July 11, 2009 9:47 AM

My property is small, but I still value it as much as those in that particular area near Neverland. I'm a fan, not a groupie; I also see both sides of this. Would it work if a tour of the property was done two days a week, and the people were brought in by bus only? The busses hold up to 55 people each. 4 busses per day, tours over by 4pm--a strictly controlled event. No extra cars in the neighborhood; less likelihood of wanderers. Money is still made, groupies get their thrills, and the area is still secure for the neighbors. Also offer the locals some type of incentive or tax-break.

maria mercer

July 11, 2009 9:49 AM

He is dead whoooo cares !he was in life a clown ,s child molester ,a rich pedophile,who pays millions to the kids he molested .We are sick and tired of Michael Jackson news I wish we don't hear not more .He should be in a normal cemetery ,like everyone else,his family are like him weirds ,look in his father (the abuser dad) making arraingemnts and comments about a music career when his son just die !all that people is a bunch of morons .Who care were he is going to rest .If I am one of the Neverland neighbors I will be upset too,that area will be come a circus town it is no fair ,I will don't like to have that place near me!

Poni

July 11, 2009 9:50 AM

My property is small, but I still value it as much as those in that particular area near Neverland. I'm a fan, not a groupie; I also see both sides of this. Would it work if a tour of the property was done two days a week, and the people were brought in by bus only? The busses hold up to 55 people each. 4 busses per day, tours over by 4pm--a strictly controlled event. No extra cars in the neighborhood; less likelihood of wanderers. Money is still made, groupies get their thrills, and the area is still secure for the neighbors. Also offer the locals some type of incentive or tax-break.

Poni

July 11, 2009 9:54 AM

My property is small, but I still value it as much as those anywhere. I'm a fan, not a groupie; I also see both sides of this. Would it work if a tour of the property was done two days a week, and the people were brought in by bus only? The busses hold up to 55 people each. 4 busses per day, tours over by 4pm--a strictly controlled event. No extra cars in the neighborhood; less likelihood of wanderers. Money is still made, groupies get their thrills, and the area is still secure for the neighbors. Also offer the locals some type of incentive or tax-break. Localrez sounds like you have personal issues by singling out THE JACKSON'S. Did your area/property become less beautiful because of the Jackson's?

Poni

July 11, 2009 9:56 AM

My property is small, but I still value it as much as those anywhere. I'm a fan, not a groupie; I also see both sides of this. Would it work if a tour of the property was done two days a week, and the people were brought in by bus only? The busses hold up to 55 people each. 4 busses per day, tours over by 4pm--a strictly controlled event. No extra cars in the neighborhood; less likelihood of wanderers. Money is still made, groupies get their thrills, and the area is still secure for the neighbors. Also offer the locals some type of incentive or tax-break. Localrez sounds like you have personal issues by singling out THE JACKSON'S. Did your area/property become less beautiful because of the Jackson's? What if George Bush moved in? Would it make a difference to you?

Poni

July 11, 2009 9:56 AM

I'm a fan, not a groupie; I also see both sides of this. Would it work if a tour of the property was done two days a week, and the people were brought in by bus only? The busses hold up to 55 people each. 4 busses per day, tours over by 4pm--a strictly controlled event. No extra cars in the neighborhood; less likelihood of wanderers. Money is still made, groupies get their thrills, and the area is still secure for the neighbors. Also offer the locals some type of incentive or tax-break. Localrez sounds like you have personal issues by singling out THE JACKSON'S. Did your area/property become less beautiful because of the Jackson's? What if George Bush moved in? Would it make a difference to you?

LadyC

July 11, 2009 9:58 AM

Apparently No fans there...Why look at it one sided--wouldnt it help the locals if it was an attraction - wouldnt it bring more money for the town --eating at their cafes and staying at their hotels,shopping at their stores- oh maybe thats wrong--
but look at things both way NOT ONE....

Darlene

July 11, 2009 10:17 AM

Yes he is gone, now let him rest in peace--to me his family is making a circus out of this and i don't feel Michael wanted this.

Canadian Fans

July 11, 2009 10:18 AM

Squeezebox; I like what you said. Eventhough these rich, selfish stuckup snobs do not want it, we will still go and visit. Hell or highwater. Bo Derek, what a joke! She should just stick with her horses and mind her own business when it comes to honoring someone who brought the world so much joy. What has Bo Derek ever done for anyone besides herself.

Jesus Freak II

July 11, 2009 10:30 AM

You locals should be ashamed of yourselves! acting as if you are better than anyone else on this earth! Ummm...do you have any skelton's in your closet? We are all equal in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ's eyes. We all are sinners and fall short of the Glory of God! you are not better than other people and neither is your precious property! which by the way will be sitting there to rot like everything else you own when you die and leave this earth. Learn to enjoy life and let others enjoy it too! Someday you will leave this earth and go meet our Creator and what will you say then? when he ask you did you treat your neighbors as you would want to be treated? Maybe your should take some of Michael's advise and start with the Man in the Mirror! Change your ways!

RP McMurphy

July 11, 2009 10:51 AM

Let MJ's portion of the property be sold to whomever then his family won't have to deal with the snobbery and attitudes of the locals. As time passes, some developer will purchase it and make a killing as he sells portions to others and everyone will say what a wonderful job the developer did keeping the riffraff out.

DIanne

July 11, 2009 11:11 AM

Why does everything of Mj have to be turned into a circus. His life was enough of a circus act. If the residents of the area of Neverland don't want a circus in their area they are entitled to that. Move it somewhere else where it won't offend anyone. All his family wants is more money anyway!

lgranger

July 11, 2009 11:17 AM

rest in peace. michael you will be missed.
to localrez how many aces are the neverland ranch?. i would like to beleive it would be enough land for him to be emtomb/buried. far away from you.
and the locals remember we do not also get what we want, michael most likely help make the local area with all him revenue what it is today. shame on you.

phantompoodle

July 11, 2009 11:17 AM

I wouldn't go see Neverland were it is now. If it was in Vegas, I'd go!

phantompoodle

July 11, 2009 11:22 AM

If it was in Vegas, I'd go!! I wouldn't ever go if it's in California, and I live in So Cal. Can't drive up to that area - too inconvienient, crummy roads, etc. Put it in Vegas and my hubby and me can visit Neverland and celebrate our anniversary there, too! (Married in Vegas!)

Joanne

July 11, 2009 11:23 AM

There was a time and place for Neverland...That has come to an end....Leave it alone.

debiam

July 11, 2009 11:37 AM

Bravo to No on Neverland. 1-MJ left the place w/a broken heart. 2- It is not really feasible to create and open a "Tourist Memorial" without seriously changing and causing harm to the area; beginning with all the Immense road construction that would be needed. 3- IT's not just 'the Snobby,wealthy..." who oppose. I don't even live on that coast anymore, but do know the area well. It is canyons, agriculture, old and quiet. If the public 'needs' a 'public memorial'- let it be somewhere accessible, wanted, and much more feasible w/better memories of and for MJ, somewehre he would want his fans to be happy and honor him with no animosity attached.

Love U Michael

July 11, 2009 11:37 AM

I agree with many of the comment not to memorialize Neverland'. It was a beautiful place for Michael, but we have to remember, he left Neverland Ranch years ago. Why put up as a public spectacle is beyond me. It will only benefit those who make money off it. Let Neveland go away like Michael did, or turn it into a mini amusement park for local residents something I think Michael may approve of????? At least the children could enjoy the rides.

Utah

July 11, 2009 11:40 AM

Just one question nettie could you go back to school and learn how to use proper gramar? Also Los Olivian most small towns like having at least a small hospital how far way is the nearest hospital? You do realize that having a hospital raises your property value right. Your a retard I gotta say, you sound like a snob in a shitty valley. Do me a favor go and get hit by a car and see how much the ride cost.

Ms. Precious

July 11, 2009 11:57 AM

Please should be ashame of themselves. MJ has the right to be buried at Neverland. I think that this is suppose to be the beauty of owning your own property. Locals need to understand that MJ owned the property just like most of them own their properties. It should not be up for discussions by the locals, only by his family and the partner that owns Neverland with MJ. People need to learn to respect others rights and stop trying to make everything about them. Give MJ his right to be buried at his home!

linda

July 11, 2009 12:07 PM

Michael Jackson bought the huge Neverland Ranch to protect his privacy and his children's privacy to avoid being bombarded by the press. I believe his wish would be to be buried there where his family can visit in private and enjoy the space around them. This was his own private embombment area away from the abnoxious media. Perhaps the decision should be left up to his children, instead of exploiting them like famous animals now that he is dead. He chose to keep their lives private and allow them a childhood, it should remain that way and his family should see to it. Not exploit them.

Sharon

July 11, 2009 12:08 PM

In spite of the fact that there are narrow roads, along Figeroa Mountain Road, and the neighbors are speaking up against this idea, maybe they should look at it as a wonderful thoughtful business proposition that would do the County good economically. There could be a conditional use permit, similiar to Lotusland which limits the # of visitors per year and even provides a shuttle up to the ranch with limited trips, which would control noise and traffic. The Jackson's family, and most importantly MJ's memory should be kept alive in a place where he was happy. This should be his final resting place and a museum, showing the history of his music and life, but not an amusement park or concert place. Maybe Ms Derek and Mr Crosby would like to go somewhere else. MJ deserves this,as well as his family and his fans if it is done in a classy and reverent way.They showed us they could do it with his memorial, and they can continue that style with a final resting place. Some of those neighbors are true obstructionist, and they don't like anything and should be ignored. NIMBY's! A controlled environment with specific rules as in a conditional use permit, would work for everyone. Get over it! Start planning.

Floridian

July 11, 2009 12:10 PM

To the Los Olivians,
I live on the west coast of FL on a beautiful island. I am pretty sure that the locals HERE (myself included) do not WANT all the TOURISTS coming to our little piece of paradise EITHER - the noise, the trash, the RUDE behavior, the TRAFFIC, etc. HOWEVER, there is NO WAY IN HELL that we will EVER be able to stop the influx. My suggestion to all of u is to MOVE if u are really that opposed to Neverland becoming a tourist trap. Neverland will ALWAYS be a tourist mecca.

I am sure the local Realtor was MORE than happy to take MJ's money when he bought the place. The cat is out of the bag....Kinda hard to put it BACK. At this point, get a clue! Buy an island if u are so arrogant to believe you can "own" and therefore "control" what happens to such a beautiful place. At least then u MIGHT be able to keep people out. Good LUCK with THAT!!!!

Seriously

July 11, 2009 12:21 PM

I think MJ is a music icon and a legend. He will always be remembered for his music. He was a spectacular person who was kind and people just took advantage of. I think the residents need to shut up... Your state is Bankrupt literally issuing IOU's for paychecks.... It would be hard for me to feed my family with an IOU. Things like a Neverland tourist attraction would certainly BOOST up Taxes and income for the state.... plus it would be a memorial like Graceland which I visit almost every year because of the beauty and memory of Elvis... If they disassembled the Ranch and moved it, that would not be anything the same... The ranch was located in Vegas is was where it is and that is where it should be...

Nickyooh

July 11, 2009 12:23 PM

I do agree that Neverland should be a memerial place for the pop of king may he rest in peace. The fans needs a place to pay their respect like Elvis. The graceland memorial is not that bad so why couldn't Neverland do the same. People that are dishing the tought of a memorial at Neverland are dishing out Graceland. It could be a good thing. So lets do it.
A fan of the king of POP

kattilou

July 11, 2009 12:46 PM

Honor MJ's wishes, he never wanted to return. I can not speak for him, but I doubt he would want this to happen. Once again he would be exploited. Localrez quit being such a snob! How could it be so beautiful with someone like you.

amanda

July 11, 2009 12:51 PM

To bguatalup: You should feel lucky to be so close to such a beutiful, famous place like neverland. Your little existence will die out just as fast as it took your mother to give birth to you. Noone will remember you, well noone that matters anyway. MJ will always be remembered. And so will neverland ranch whether you and your snobby little neighbors like it or not!

New York Gal

July 11, 2009 12:55 PM

I'm sure the localrez et all don't want any one contaninating their air or public roads. How much did the Jacksons pay in taxes for your bigotry??? Perhaps you can recall how you made all your money. Could it be the public that has enabled you to afford to live in your beautiful area?

vern

July 11, 2009 1:31 PM

Public demand trumps the silly locals. Open it to the public - pronto!!

jo boo

July 11, 2009 1:44 PM

this is crazy....it should be come another graceland which would bring in more money for the state that is in such financial problems....and if they could put his body on the property thats even more money that would come to the state....for having 3000 acres at neverland ranch i dont know why they cant bypass the state rules and take like and acre and make it a "family" burial ground???

c

July 11, 2009 1:46 PM

to the Localrez you cannot pick and choose the people in and around your area if you don't like it move or get used to it you don't own the area. I hope that the Jacksons keep Neverland for the children this was their home this was their fathers sanctuary and should remain that.

pat yost

July 11, 2009 1:51 PM

No matter if you make it an attraction you will not stop tourist from going up to neverland ranch. It is where mj lived. Making it a attraction at least it can be controled. It would be a great leagicy for the children as well. It would be a great way to show the public what mj accomplished in his lifetime.Not just what you heard in the tabloids. It is sad that you read and take in the bad stuff and not look at the good stuff. It would be a honor to be able to see his costumes and awards that he achieved. No matter what the neighbors say or do is going to stop the outcome GET OVER IT!!!

Alisa Boyer

July 11, 2009 7:27 PM

I live here and absolutlly in no un certian terms do i want a tourist attraction, museum or whatever the annoying bisiness folks want And neither does michael. However turning it into a childrens learning center. NON PROFIT OF COURSE. My freind and I HAVE SEARCHED THE USA AND WE REALIZED,WHAT BETTER PLACE THAN NEVERLAND. I HAVE INVESTORS THAT BELIEVE IN THIS PROJECT. No tourists just children learning and laughing.That is what michael would want Not enough room here of course to share it all, but its a buetiful idea just for kids of all walks of life.That is what he stood for,Lets continue his legacy with dignaty,and stopbig biz from destoying his santuary and our home.If we as a community dont do somthing someone else will.MJ is counting on us to do the right thing.Im not crazy just care about the issue and respecting what michael would want. If intersted call 805 688 9921.

Alisa Diez

July 11, 2009 8:05 PM

I can understand the residents hesitation but perhaps there is a way to do it in an environmentally sound way. It would certainly bring a tremendous amount of money to Santa Barbara and the whole region. But if it isn't zoned for something like that perhaps it's not a reality anyway. I just hope that with all the money the estate is generating now that the family will be able to keep it because they have said they definitely feel his presence there and it would be a lovely place for them and his children to come to. Rest in peace MJ. May he watch over his children to see that the best is done for them.

Julee

July 13, 2009 4:34 AM

You will live in our hearts forever

I haven't words to express my feelings at this time; I am still in shock it was with a great sense of loss when I heard of Michael death.

I will miss him every remaining day of my life.
MJ was not only a great musician but also he was more than just a wonderful person
We know that his passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him. He will always be included in our daily prayers and my sincere thoughts and prayers are with his Family, May God give strength to his kids.
May God give him eternal rest & may his soul rest in peace!

I LOVE U Michael

don dotters

July 13, 2009 6:22 PM

The ultimate "Music Man"should be interned @Gary ,Indiana."That's The Place For Me".That would improve the city and keep the boys out of Trouble.

Denise

July 13, 2009 11:00 PM

I loved MJ music and his wondorus creativity, Neverland will not come to be the final resting place, as Santa Barbara County is still lily white and I am just they know that MJ was an African American and the lines remain divided, especially in the neighborhood of Neverland...

Denise

July 13, 2009 11:04 PM

I rest my case, Localrez, "we locals do not want the Jackson's or the fans in or around our beautiful area" you local rez will some day pass away and thus the beauty of "your area shall be even more enhances with out the ugliness of such a comment.

karen silva

July 14, 2009 10:49 AM

RIP Michael, Love ya

Marissa

August 2, 2009 2:33 AM

As a "local"( I live about 30 min away) I think they should do it.... it could brinng some much needed revenue to the area.... all those cute little shops and inns in the Santa Ynez valley

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