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Matt Drudge adds to Miami-Dade housing compound



Drudge Report owner Matt Drudge must be buying into his own hype of an approaching apocalypse.

The Internet newsman, 46, is assembling himself quite the compound in rural Southwest Miami-Dade County, according to public records.

The Republican operative who gave the world the Monica Lewinsky scandal purchased his neighbor’s property last month in Redland.

Once he combines the two properties, he’ll rule on more than 10 acres and two homes with a combined 10,000 square feet of living space.

Drudge’s newest place, near the county’s largest strawberry farms, was up for sale for $750,000, according to real estate listings.

The deed’s document stamp tax shows Drudge paid owners Osama, Omar, Sharif, Diana, Nadia and Samy Hussein $700,000 for their land.

And he paid cash, since no mortgage was registered for the purchase.

Drudge did not respond to a request for comment.

It’s the online writer’s third home purchase in the county.

In 2011, Drudge paid $1.45 million for a tropical property on Southwest 157th Avenue, next door to his new place.

And in 2003, he paid $1.4 million for a crib off the Venetian Causeway in Miami Beach.

See more photos of Drudge’s new place at Gossip Extra.

Taxman update

Must be a good feeling.

Miami Beach hip-hopper Flo Rida just paid off his $1 million debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

County records show the Wild Ones and Good Feeling singer, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, paid the taxman $1,040,777.45 on Feb. 19.


Back in September, Dillard, 33, was hit with the income tax lien for unpaid levies going back to 2009.

At the time, Flo’s spokesman said the lien was just an oversight and that the bill would get paid as soon as the accuracy of the government’s claim would be verified by his accountants.

Flo, by the way, is scheduled to be the featured entertainer at the yearly charity gala organized by famed attorney Roy Black and his Real Housewives of Miami star wife, Lea Black.

Gunplay goes free

With a suspect named Gunplay, you’d think a conviction on gun charges would be child’s play for the justice system.

Not so for the Miami rapper, whose real name is Richard Morales.

Morales, 33, is a free man today after Miami-Dade County prosecutors agreed to drop robbery charges against him.

Seems that his alleged victim had become increasingly uncooperative, making Gunplay’s conviction highly unlikely despite the existence of video evidence!

“We couldn’t be happier with the result,” said Michael Grieco, Morales’ attorney. “My client kept his chin up the entire time he was facing life in prison, sitting on house arrest waiting for his day in court.

“He got it, and he is now a free man and ready to get back to his music.”

Morales was on surveillance tape during a heist at the office of his tax accountant in April.

The accountant, however, would’ve had to testify for the video to be admitted into evidence.

The rapper, who sports a tattoo of a swastika on his neck, was awaiting trial on house arrest since October.

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