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Mansion-owning neighbors along St. Pete’s Coffee Pot Bayou suing over a dock

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Here’s a classic example of rich people problems.

Two couples living on waterfront property along Coffee Pot Boulevard in Old Northeast in homes valued of upwards of $1 million each, are bickering over a dock.

Todd and Barbara McCallister are suing Yueh-Chao and Dan Richardson to have the couple’s dock removed. The McCallister’s say it encroaches onto their own dock space.

The McCallister’s – whose home is worth $1.36 million compared to the Richardson’s paltry $1.18 million – want a judge to rule the dock is illegally trespassing on their property.

And it’s not the first time the two couples have had a kerfuffle over the dock. In 2006, according to lawsuit documents, Mr. McCallister allegedly “harassed and seriously slandered Dr. Richardson and his wife in from of both them and their guests” over the dock.

That doesn’t sound very socially elite.

The issue resurfaced because the Richardson’s are trying to sell the dock in question and part of their land.

The Richardson’s claim their dock isn’t encroaching into McCallister space. They also argue the point is moot anyway considering there was an agreement signed between the parties in 2006 releasing the issue.

In a letter filed along with lawsuit documents, the Richardsons’ attorney wrote that if the current claims filed against them interfere with a sale, they’ll sue the McCallister’s right on back.

So, what type of people own waterfront mansions and argue over docks? Todd McCallister is a 55-year old investment adviser and Dan Richardson is a 64-year old real estate agent and property appraiser. As such, you’d think he’d have a firm grasp on where to put a dock.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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