Porsche Design Tower, Sunny Isles Beach

The new Miami-Dade County civil courthouse. The upscale E11even strip club. South Florida real estate allegedly used to launder money embezzled from Venezuela’s state-run oil company. And the real estate agent who was fired after a Twitter video showed her mocking Andrew Gillum supporters at an election protest.

These are some of the real estate stories that intrigued readers this year.

Liliana Albarino-Olinick, the fired Broward County real estate agent, joined protesters outside the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Lauderhill during the November vote recounts. In video, black Gillum supporters are heard chanting “count my vote” before Albarino-Olinick mockingly repeats the phrase.

Two days later, she apologized and said she, too, was a victim of “awful” statements, but she noted that didn’t excuse her behavior.

With that, here are the top 10 real estate stories of 2018:

  1. Real Estate Agent Loses Job After Video Shows Her Mocking Gillum Supporters in Election Protest
  2. As federal authorities investigated a $1.2 billion embezzlement scheme targeting Venezuela’s  PDVSA, the South Florida real estate connection popped up. Some of the funds were used in a suspicious transfer for a condominium unit at the glitzy, car elevator-equipped Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach. — Porsche Design Tower Pops Up in $1.2B Venezuelan Oil Scheme, Feds Charge
  3. Miami-Dade County for years has been trying to build a new courthouse to replace the historic downtown Miami building. The County Commission settled on a site in July. — New Miami Civil Courthouse Site Selected With Construction Set for 2020
  4. South Florida law offices are evolving as some firms opt for same-size offices regardless of attorney seniority, less space per attorney and more common areas. CBRE Inc. compiled a study of these and other trends. — Law Firms’ Offices in South Florida in for an Overhaul, Study Says
  5. As the investigation into the $1.2 billion PDVSA embezzlement unfolded, more real estate connections were revealed. — Coral Gables, Miami Mansions Face Forfeiture in $1.2B Venezuela Money-Laundering Scheme
  6. Prolific developer Dezer Development has sought to evict businesses from North Miami Beach’s Intracoastal Mall, which Dezer bought in 2013 with plans for redevelopment. — Dezer Evicting Some Tenants From Mall It Wants to Redevelop
  7.  In Sunny Isles Beach, Jade Ocean, part of developer Edgardo Defortuna’s Jade collection, faces a lawsuit from lenders and investors, — Lawsuit: Jade Ocean Condo Developer Stole from Project Lenders, Investors
  8. E11even, the high-end downtown Miami strip club that’s known for shows like trapeze performances, has been in the news after neighbors complained about the noise. This story had little to do with noise but drew readers. — E11even Gets OK for Nightclub Expansion to Miami Rooftop
  9. South Florida real estate attorneys have assignments to work on deals outside the region from  New York to Latin America, but a Florida transaction was a big hit. — Dubai, Agribusiness Company Buy Osceola Ranch With Help From Miami Attorney
  10. The tragic collapse of the Florida International University bridge during construction left six people dead in March. In the aftermath, we researched builder Munilla Construction Management LLC’s past work and litigation. — Here’s a Look at Three Previous Suits Against the Builder of Collapsed Bridge