Winter Park/Maitland Observer folded as of May 17


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The May 17 edition of the Winter Park/Maitland Observer – a newspaper that's documented the Central Florida communities for more than 30 years – was its last, the Orange Observer reported last week.

"It breaks out hearts that we won't be here to tell our readers and the residents of Winter Park and Maitland and what's happening in their communities," executive editor Michael Eng told the Orange Observer. "That's what hurts the most."

The Winter Park/Maitland Observer's folding was announced on May 9.

"After much and careful analysis of our operations in Orange County, and where best to invest and concentrate our resources, it became clear the scales tipped in favor of focusing on our three papers in West Orange – the West Orange Times & Observer and Windermere Observer, as well as," Matt Walsh, editor and CEO of Observer Media Group Inc., reportedly told the staff.

Sarasota-based Observer Media Group publishes 10 weekly newspapers, including publications in the Sarasota and Bradenton area, in West Orange County, Flagler and Volusia counties, as well as business papers in Jacksonville and small cities throughout the western coast of Florida.

Gerhard J.W. Munster founded the Winter Park Observer in 1989, though the next year he amended the publication's title to include "Maitland," according to a report from the Orange Observer.

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