Back in August, it was revealed that the owners of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub were fundraising to reopen it as a memorial site, creating the onePULSE Foundation in the aftermath of the tragic shooting. This week brings news that the city of Orlando has stepped in to make sure this goal becomes a reality.
Orlando Sentinel reports that the city of Orlando has reached a deal to purchase Pulse for $2.25 million, with plans to eventually transform the site into a memorial. However, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has confirmed the city won’t rush to make any immediate changes to what was an iconic gay venue, as it’s become a gathering place for local and visiting mourners alike.
“There are lots of people that are making a visit to the site part of their trip, part of their experience of Orlando, so I think 12 to 18 months of leaving it as-is would be appropriate.”
The city plans to listen to ideas from the community for what eventual form the memorial should take, and Dyer says that leaving part of the club intact permanently (including its iconic logo) is being considered as an option. However, he describes the ultimate goal as creating a space “to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”
The club’s owner, Rosario Poma, signed the contract on Friday agreeing to sell the nightclub, and while the Orlando City Council still needs to approve the deal, this is expected shortly.
The world was shocked by the shooting attack back in June—not only for the fact that it was the deadliest in US history, but also because it represented such a tragic hate crime directed toward the LGBTQ community, within the traditional “safe space” of a nightclub.