U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who said last year he wanted to sell his South Florida homestead so that he could buy something in Washington, has just pulled the suburban home off the market.
Despite the recent lowering of the asking price, Rubio’s house at 6060 SW 13th St. in West Miami has failed to attract offers after more than a year on the MLS listings.
Still, it’s unclear at this point why the senator made the move.
Neither his press secretary nor the listing agent, who happens to be Rubio’s brother-in-law, returned calls for comment.
But this much is sure: When Rubio first listed the place for sale in early 2013, his political stock was rising at such speed that Time magazine deemed him the savior of the Republican Party.
Since then, Rubio has been criticized by the hard right for his push to legalize the status of undocumented immigrants — and his presidential prospects may be dimming.
Records show Rubio paid $550,000 for the 2,600-square-foot house in the El Retiro neighborhood in 2005. It was first listed for $675,000, but the price went down to $630,000 late last year.
Still no taker.
Rubio and his crib made news a year ago when he delivered the GOP rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and claimed he was still living in the “working-class neighborhood” he grew up in.
International tensions among employees at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach?
A former spa worker at the famous resort recently sued its owners over what she claimed was discrimination against her.
The discrimination, nail tech Alba Rios claims, came from her Cuban-born boss.
Rios, who was born in Colombia, said she was fired after observing a manager favoring employees of Cuban origins over her or other Colombians.
“[The manager] fired employees from the spa who were non-Cubans,” the complaint reads, “replacing them with Cuban employees.”
Rios claims she was given fewer clients, denied her fair share of tips, written up more often and given fewer hours, the paperwork reads.
Rios was fired in 2012 and replaced by a Cuban.
The complaint doesn’t explain why Rios was fired, and her attorney did not return a call and email to discuss it.
Fontainebleau officials say there’s no tension among workers.
“Fontainebleau has denied the allegations, and the matter has been resolved,” said resort VP and General Counsel Grace Mora.
swimsuit issue turns 50
Prepare for an influx in Miami Beach of women who’ve delighted millions of Sports Illustrated readers over the past half century.
The magazine is celebrating the release of its 50th anniversary swimsuit issue with a slew of parties in Miami Beach, which provided the backdrop for plenty of SI shoots over the years.
As many as three dozen of the models who graced the magazine over the years are expected at a VIP party Wednesday night at LIV nightclub.
Expected on the red carpet: Newer stars like Kate Upton, Nina Adgal and Lily Aldridge, and classic girls like Carol Alt, Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter and Kathy Ireland.