We’re excited to present the redesigned Florida Independent. Our new site aims to present more stories in a dynamic format that offers new tools to more easily discuss, share and respond to the news.

Here’s a few of our new features:

• Hot Stories: A real-time gauge of the top stories now being read.

• Spirited Debates: The most widely discussed news from the past month.

• More prominent social media icons: Share our stories on Twitter or Facebook with one click.

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