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Marco Rubio’s West Miami home on the market

 

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Going somewhere, Marco?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio quietly put his West Miami house on the market late last year as rumors swirl in Republican circles that representing Florida in D.C. is not a big enough job for him.

According to Miami-Dade County records, Rubio and his wife Janette bought the 2,700-square-foot, four-bedroom home in the El Retiro subdivision in December 2005 for $550,000.

MLS real estate records now confirm that Rubio put the suburban crib, at 6060 SW 13th St., on the market in November for $675,000.

Rubio’s spokesman did not return a call to explain, but the website The Daily Caller reported Tuesday that Rubio is planning to move full-time to Washington with his wife and their four kids.

The site hinted that Rubio wants to buy a smaller, cheaper place in Florida for appearances here.

The move will no doubt fuel talk that Rubio will run for president in 2016.

See photos of the house at Gossip Extra.

Weather report

Former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader-turned-weathercaster Julie Durda is set to return to local television in the spring.

Durda, 33, is slated to start April 15 at WPLG-Channel 10, according to insiders at the ABC station.

Durda will be doing her early morning reports again, starting on weekends then possibly moving on to weekdays.

She will also cover some entertainment and lifestyle news, and make occasional appearances on Good Morning America.

The contract of weekend forecaster Michael Smith was not renewed, and his last day is April 1.

Durda abruptly walked out on WSVN-Channel 7’s top rated morning gig in October after a contract dispute.

Channel 10 News Director Bill Pohovey declined comment.

Durda’s arrival will complement a weather desk that already includes superstar Max Mayfield.

“There are only two forecasters that South Florida cares about,” said a WPLG insider privy to surveys and ratings. “It’s Julie and Max. And we have them both.”

19th hole

The world’s top golfer now lives a few miles away from the world’s second best golfer.

Rory McIlroy, No. 1, bought a homestead in Palm Beach Gardens last week. And if the new Nike commercial that stars the two rivals reflects real life, McIlroy could lob balls into No. 2 Tiger Woods’ property a few miles north, in Jupiter Island.

McIlroy, 23, paid $9.5 million for his modern home on the Intracoastal. It boasts 16,123 square feet and a putting green.

Tiger’s place is only 14,736 square feet, but it’s worth $46 million. And he’s got nine holes on eight acres of beachfront land landscaped to look like the greens of major tournaments.

Expensive date

Still looking for something to do on St. Valentine’s Day?

The Delano Hotel on South Beach is offering the “Carried Away” package.

It’s for a two-night stay in the Art Deco marvel’s penthouse. Also included: a chauffeured Bentley, Christian Louboutin shoes, exclusive use of the hotel pool from 8 p.m. to midnight, a private fireworks display and a private concert by a local pianist.All for the nice, round sum of $100,000.

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