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Being a realtor, a developer, a member of a historical properties conservation group, a concerned citizen, and not the least- a former musician hopefully qualify me to comment on this “sensitive” subject about the possible future use of Neverland Ranch. Of all the potential negative angles, some of which are revealing themselves now online, I’d like to focus on the obvious positive ones that could benefit our state, future generations, and let’s not forget about the native wildlife already in place at Neverland. Too much emphasis might currently be placed on whose former house it was.
The fact that Michael Jackson is undisputedly the most recognized African American musician name thus far in history sheds light on why this topic could be a lightning rod for racial commentary. No one seems to begrudge Graceland for continuing to earn millions of dollars simply as a fan site for admirers to pay respect to their memories of Elvis. And, there is a constant stream of tourists paying big bucks to walk the rooms and grounds of Hearst Castle, as well as the Biltmore Estate or the Newport cottages of the east coast. Neverland Ranch happens to occupy a huge, beautiful piece of acreage that could bring endless tourist dollars to an area of California that tends to only attract more local interest, such as nearby Solvang, the faux-Dutch village. In addition to income, it would be a good idea to use the fertile acreage as a working Organic Farm, where schoolchildren can visit and lea