Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley have banded together to oppose making a tourist attraction out of Michael Jackson's former Neverland estate.
While the owners of the 4-square-mile ranch have not formally proposed developing it, they have not ruled it out, raising alarms among neighbors in the rural area of vineyards and horse properties.
"We get mixed messages," said Bob Field, a spokesman for Never!, a new group that claims the support of many community organizations. "We want to resolve this thing in the valley, between neighbors, and not in front of the county or, heaven forbid, a judge."
Zoned for agricultural uses, Neverland lacks public water and sewer systems and sits on a narrow road five miles from a state highway.