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City of Orlando plans to buy Pulse nightclub and turn it into a memorial

The purchase is set to go before City Council on Monday.


Jessica Machado


Published Nov 9, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 8:56 pm CST

The city of Orlando plans to purchase Pulse nightclub, the site of the mass shooting that killed 49 LGBTQ people and their allies in June, and make it into a memorial. 

Mayor Buddy Dyer said a video tweet that Pulse “has great significance not just for the LGBTQ community and for the Hispanic community but for all of us that live and love Orlando. I think it is very important that city take control of the site.”

Dyer said he will talk to the community and advocacy groups about what the memorial will exactly look like and include, but for the next 12 to 18 months, the site will remain untouched for people to pay their respects. 

The purchase, a $2.25 million agreement between Pulse’s owner and the city, goes before the Orlando City Council for its approval on Monday. 

H/T New York Times

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*First Published: Nov 9, 2016, 1:59 pm CST