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Local ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner says Powerhouse Gym owes her $311K

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Sarah Jon Porreca

A local winner of the reality ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competition is claiming the now-shuttered Powerhouse Gym in downtown Tampa owes her more than $300,000.

Sarah Jon Porreca, 34, is an owner of Lending Luxury, a Tampa boutique that specializes in renting out women’s formalwear.

A former fitness competitor, Porreca was also a 2011 winner of Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars.

In 2014, Porreca paid $1.15-million for a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath home in Tampa.

Matthew Midyett opened a Powerhouse Gym franchise in 2009 at the 392-unit Grand Central at Kennedy condominium complex in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa. In February 2017, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that “dramatic rent increases” was causing Midyett and his brothers Matt Midyett and John Sanguinetti to close the gym.

As of March 20, the gym’s website made the announcement that: “it no longer makes sense for Powerhouse Gym Downtown to continue business at this location.” The site also said memberships would be valid at another Powerhouse Gym location at 3251 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa.

Westside Fitness – named a co-defendant in action filed in Hillsborough County March 14 – owned Powerhouse Gym Downtown. Midyett and his two brothers are listed as managers.

According to court records, in 2013, Porreca issued a 7-year, $600,000 loan to Westside Fitness. Terms of the loan included Westside paying her $8,480 a month through mid-2020.

However, Porreca claims Westside has not made a payment since December 2016 and has defaulted. She says Westside owes her $311,000 plus interest and is seeking to foreclose on collateral remaining at Grand Central, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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