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12-year-old's lemonade biz booms despite battle with elderly neighbor

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DUNEDIN (FOX 13) -

A 61-year-old man is battling with a 12-year-old kid over a lemonade stand.

Yes, a lemonade stand.

T.J. Guerrero, 12, spends his weekends selling different flavors of lemonade and cookies at the corner of San Salvador Drive and Patricia Avenue.

One of his neighbors, Doug Wilkey, 61, apparently has a big problem with it.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported, since May 2013 Wilkey has sent several emails to Dunedin City officials complaining about trash, traffic, illegal parking, noise and that Guerrero's lemonade stand is hurting his property value.

City officials responded and explained that the city is not in the business of putting lemonade stands out of business, and the case was closed.

T.J. got quite the surprise Monday afternoon when he got home from school.

Hundreds of thirsty people had stopped by looking for lemonade and a chance to meet T.J.

"This is amazing," T.J. said. "I definitely did not know they were doing this. I just got a call from a friend saying they were."

Referring to The Mike Calta Show on 102.5 The Bone, T.J. quickly joined one of the show's members, "Spanish" as he poured cup after cup of lemonade.

At the start of Monday's program Calta explained. He read T.J.'s story over the weekend; he was a bit outraged by it and he encouraged his listeners to swing by and support Dunedin's newest celebrity entrepreneur.

Calta sent "Spanish" to T.J.'s corner to sell lemonade until the 12-year-old got home from school.

Speaking for Calta "Spanish" said, "It really means a lot for him to give back to the community, especially since kids are involved. He's spreading the love."

Several Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies lined the streets anticipating traffic issues.

In four hours, T.J.'s lemonade stand collected nearly $1,000.

We attempted to speak with Wilkey, but he did not answer the door or our phone calls.

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