MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The end of the year is a time when most people will take a look back and reflect on the past twelve months.
2018 brought all kinds of news stories here in South Florida.
From the tragedy in Parkland to the bridge collapse at FIU, another election recount and another busy hurricane season, South Florida once again found itself with a consistent spot in the news cycle.
Looking back over the past 365 days, these were the ten most-read stories on CBSMiami.com.
The shocking sounds and images that began to come from the Parkland, Florida high school on Valentines Day had a strong and profound impact on everyone.
PRIESTS CAUGHT PERFORMING SEX ACTS
It was as strange as it was salacious when Chicago-area priests were charged with Lewd and Lascivious behavior and Indecent Exposure after being caught performing a sexual act inside a car parked on a Miami Beach street.
FIU BRIDGE COLLAPSE
Six people died and several others were injured after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed on multiple cars traveling on a busy roadway below. Ultimately, the story would lead to questions about the structure being built and how it was inspected.
FBI CATCHES PACKAGE BOMB SUSPECT
The nation was on edge after a large amount of package bombs were mailed throughout the country to top Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump. A quick and thorough investigation by the FBI led them to South Florida where they apprehended Cesar Sayoc.
BROWARD ELECTIONS RULING
As the 2018 Midterm Election mess in Broward County rolled on, Florida Governor Rick Scott sued Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes in order to access voting records. The lawsuit in Broward filed against Snipes claimed that her office was withholding crucial voter information and has blocked access to the office. A judge ultimately ruled in Scott’s favor.
THREE BIG FLORIDA RECOUNTS
Election Day didn’t provide results for three of the biggest races inside the State of Florida. As Tuesday night turned into Wednesday morning, it became clear that recounts were likely coming in Florida’s races for governor, senator and agriculture commissioner.
“TERRIFYING” HURRICANE MICHAEL
Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle and the stories and accounts from those who braved the brunt of the Category 4 hurricane were downright scary.
HORSE INSIDE NIGHT CLUB
A horse carried a woman wearing a string bikini into a Miami Beach nightclub because, well, Miami.
FEAR OF FLORENCE
As Hurricane Florence continued to bear down on the Carolina coast, forecasters continuously warned residents in it’s path not to take the storm, and preparation for its impact and aftermath, lightly.
STONEMAN DOUGLAS STORY OF HEROISM
As details from the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas slowly trickled out, one story that came on that day was about the heroic efforts of MSD faculty member Aaron Feis, who students said used his body to shield others from flying bullets.