La Palma, the local, weekly Spanish-language newspaper, announced today that it will cease publishing in both print and online as of July 16.

"When we first created La Palma in 2004, we were seeking to find new ways to connect with the Hispanic community," said Tim Burke, publisher for Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc., which owns La Palma. "The business climate no longer makes the publication viable", said Burke.

"Through our partnerships, sources and advertisers, we have all made valued connections with many of the amazing people who live here. We are very proud of the exceptional work of everyone on staff at La Palma," Mendez said. "But above all we would like to extend our gratitude to the Hispanic community for making La Palma engaging, interesting and relevant week after week."

The first edition of La Palma, which is free and publishes on Fridays, hit the streets February 6, 2004, and reached 25,000 readers through home delivery and street racks.

Simultaneously, La Palma launched LaPalmaInteractivo.com, updated daily with local, and Latin American news.

Palm Beach Newspapers Inc. will continue to seek ways to engage the Hispanic audience through channels within The Palm Beach Post with efforts such as creating a Hispanic Affairs Reporter position, Burke said. He added that some La Palma staffers will be retained in other capacities at The Post.

Palm Beach Newspapers Inc. is owned by Cox Media Group, which is a division of Cox Enterprises Inc. The media company includes the national advertising firms of Cox Reps, 15 TV stations, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers, more than a dozen non-daily publications and more than 100 digital services.

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