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March 09, 2005

A response from Zillah

A reader of my column , Michael Libbee, sends this response:

Four years ago my wife and I purchased a run-down historical farmhouse in the Zillah wine country. Our intention was to restore the home and open it as a very discreet Bed and Breakfast serving wine country visitors "by referral only." The area desperately needs such lodging to support wine tourism. We have about $450,000 invested in this endeavor.

One "neighbor" has virtually declared war on us. First, a four page legal document whereby he would "permit" a B&B next door to him, but only if "all disputes" would be resolved in favor of the "neighbor." After we refused to sign, a campaign of harassment and attempted intimidation began, to include daily forays around our house in his pickup truck, honking his horn (which plays the first few bars of "Dixie") as he guns his truck up our common access driveway, malicious trespass, erecting No Trespassing signs on our property, driving through our gardens and side yard, frequent verbal assaults, filing a ludicrous lawsuit to take adverse possession of our front yard, amending that lawsuit to complain that our 20 and 50 watt tree accent lights were attracting insects to his orchards and that we were somehow stealing his irrigation water, and harassing our employees and visitors...

I have no doubt that if we ever bring this project to fruition, he will harass our guests to the point of making the business not viable. This is one neighbor.

And I thought it was different in the countryside, where people are not pushed so close together. Maybe not.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at March 9, 2005 11:30 AM



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