Real Housewives of Miami star Lisa Hochstein and her plastic surgeon husband, Lenny Hochstein, have encountered another snag in the construction of their dream home on Star Island.
And this time, Miami Beach historic preservation buffs have nothing to do with it.
In a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade superior court on Wednesday, the Hochsteins, described in the paperwork as “renowned Miami residents,” say they hired interior designer to the stars Steven G. to come up with a concept for their new 20,000-square-foot digs at 42 Star Island.
The Hochsteins paid Steven G. $50,000 months ago for plans for a “luxurious interior design for their home,” according to the lawsuit.
By mid-May, the Hochsteins claim, Steven G. had come up with only “pencil sketches and a few design samples.”
Then, according to the lawsuit, Steven G. owner Steven Gurowitz announced he wouldn’t do any more work.
The 50,000 grand? Mine, Gurowitz told the power couple, the suit says.
Gurowitz’s attitude has caused “significant delays” in the “completion of the Hochsteins’ dream home as they rush to find a replacement interior designer,” the suit reads.
Steven G. publicists didn’t return phone calls for comment.
The Hochsteins bought their property in 2012 for $7.6 million then battled preservationists for months over the destruction of the existing mansion. They finally leveled the historic walls last year.
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Miami Latin-pop star Prince Royce used the commercial success of hits like Darte un Beso to buy himself a nice crib in Coral Gables in 2013.
Royce plunked down $2.35 million for the 5,200-square-foot crib on North Prospect Drive.
Thing is, there are property taxes to be paid, and according to records, they’re not. And he owes $40,504 for 2014.
And since Royce didn’t pay by April, the property is considered to be delinquent.
Earlier this month, county authorities sold the debt to a New Orleans company that could snag the house for next to nothing if Prince doesn’t show up with the cash.
Royce’s publicist didn’t respond to an email for comment.
CBS4 reporter Maggie Newland wished everybody well and exited the station’s newsroom for the last year Friday night.
Newland quit WFOR after four years of work on the mean streets of South Florida.
Newland, who became a first-time mom last year, says she turned down a contract extension here and will soon start her new gig as weekend anchor in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer Michael Freedland was presidential hopeful Marco Rubio’s trial competition partner at the University of Miami Law School in the mid-1990s.
But while Freedland was loyal to Rubio in mock trials, he won’t vote for him now.
“He was competent enough as a student,” said Freedland. “We drove up to Orlando for a trial competition, and we stayed at the same place for several days. I remember spending time in a sports bar to watch news about the Dolphins.
“He didn’t talk about politics at all, so I was shocked when he announced he is running.
“I ran into him at the airport recently and he asked for my vote. I told him flat out no. Then we talked about something else.”