Long term plans to honor those killed at Pulse nightclub in June are being put in to action.
The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase Pulse, the gay club that was devastated on June 12 by the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
It was originally reported in July that club owner Barbara Poma would be working with her OnePulse Foundation non-profit to create a memorial out of the club, but city mayor Buddy Dyer confirmed to the local paper that he struck a deal to buy it for $2.25 million.
Plans for the memorial have not yet been decided, as Mayor Dyer says there are no current plans to develop the space, as it’s become a mourning center. “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,” Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel.
The community will have a hand in the proceedings of the memorial, too. Dyer says he wants to “create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”