South Florida is losing two major anchors in one swoop.
Well-liked WSVN-Channel 7 anchorman Mike Marza is hightailing it out of town. And his wife, WFOR-Channel 4 morning star Rhiannon Ally, is going with him.
The two, who have a 14-month-old boy, are reportedly headed back to Kansas City, where they both worked before they arrived in the Magic City in 2011.
Sounds like Marza has a new gig as main anchor of one of the three big K.C. stations, while Ally will try the market once she gets there.
Fox affiliate WSVN, meanwhile, said they’ll miss Marza, who was in the shadows of Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens during most of his time here despite anchoring gigs at 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
“After four years at 7 News, Mike Marza has decided to leave,” said Alice Jacobs, V.P. of News. “Mike has done a wonderful job anchoring and reporting for WSVN, but he has decided to pursue another opportunity.”
No word yet from CBS 4.
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The owners of a $6 million mansion in Southwest Ranches are trying to get big-screen superstar Dwayne Johnson to pay for damages that their crib sustained while Johnson was renting it, according to two real estate sources in Broward County.
Gossip Extra was told that Johnson, 42, whose new movie San Andreas is set to be released May 29, just moved out of the sprawling ranch at 17801 SW 63rd Manor after renting it for two years at $25,000 per month.
The actor lived on the five-acre property with his entourage while his permanent digs down the street were being finished.
But when he moved out in January, Johnson’s landlords, a landtrust whose owners are not listed, found out that the house may not have been properly maintained, they say.
“There used to be this really nice fountain out front that shot water 15 feet up into the air,” the source said. “Now it’s gone.”
The alleged damages also included rotten Astroturf in the five-acre property’s batting cage; scraped up concrete paint under an overhead where The Rock’s black Ford pickup truck was usually parked; thousands of dead plants and flowers that likely were not watered; dozens of dead rare tropical fish in the salt water tank; and so many scratches on the wooden floors that they needed to be refinished throughout the two-story ranch house.
Total cost for repairs: Upwards of $80,000.
Howard Altman, The Rock’s manager, did not respond to requests for comment.
Attorney Ivan Reich, who represents the owners, also wouldn’t comment.
The owners of a high-end Fort Lauderdale drug and alcohol treatment center are suing Michael Lohan, the father of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, for allegedly trying to poach employees and bad-mouthing the company.
The owners of Dream Recovery International want to stop Lohan, who parlayed a family history of addiction into a career in recovery, from talking about his work at the center, and to quit talking to current employees.
According to the paperwork, Dream Recovery, whose main facility is a $2 million mansion on San Marco Drive off Las Olas Boulevard, wants damages for what it claims was Lohan’s breach of contract.
The lawsuit papers show Lohan quit Dream Recovery in June and promised not to contact high-level workers and disparage the company. The company claims he broke both promises.
Lohan told us he hasn’t been trying to poach employees. The disparaging thing? Well…
“They were supposed to pay me six months of salary when I left, and they stopped after three months,” he said.
Dream Recovery’s attorney wouldn’t comment.