Orlando mayor wants city to buy Pulse nightclub for memorial
Posted: 5:45 AM, Aug 04, 2016
The Associated Press
<p>The fate of Pulse nightclub in Orlando has been uncertain since the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/police-say-mass-shooting-at-an-orlando-nightclub-was-terrorism/" target="_blank">June 12 shooting</a>&nbsp;that killed 49 people and wounded 53.</p><p>But the city&#39;s mayor says he wants to turn the club into a permanent memorial where people can continue to pay their respects to the victims.</p><p>&quot;At some point, I think the city needs to gain control, purchase the Pulse site and then make some determination with a lot of input on what a permanent memorial might look like,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wmfe.org/orlando-mayor-dyer-pulse-building-should-stand-untouched/62565" target="_blank">Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told WMFE</a>.</p><p>Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a radio interview Wednesday he would like the nightclub to stay &quot;exactly as it is&quot; for now so people who want to visit the site can see it as it currently exists.</p><p>Stacks of flowers, posters, crosses and other items still surround the building as a temporary tribute to the victims.</p><p><b>SEE MORE: <a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/is-calling-orlando-the-deadliest-mass-shooting-whitewashing-history/">Is Calling Orlando The Deadliest Mass Shooting Overlooking History?</a></b></p><p>Now, there&#39;s been some confusion in recent days as to if and when Pulse will reopen as a memorial.</p><p>The onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit established by the club&#39;s owners to provide victims with financial support,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/onePULSEorg/photos/a.1144758998908589.1073741828.1143909368993552/1155387757845713/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">said in a Facebook post Sunday</a>&nbsp;it was collecting donations for a &quot;permanent memorial that will be built on the Pulse Orlando site.&quot;</p><p>But the foundation later clarified that, while the club&#39;s doors are still closed, the owners are hoping a memorial will be created at the site.</p><p>A Pulse spokesperson&nbsp;<a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-pulse-nightclub-orlando-memorial-dyer-20160803-story.html" target="_blank">told the Orlando Sentinel</a>&nbsp;the club&#39;s owner had recently met with city officials about the idea but talks are still &quot;very preliminary.&quot;</p><p><i>This video includes clips from&nbsp;</i><i><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL7K4b_WVwM" target="_blank">WFTS</a></i><i>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</i><i><a href="http://www.wptv.com/news/state/positivity-and-prayers-outside-pulse-nightclub" target="_blank">WPTV</a></i><i>&nbsp;and images from&nbsp;</i><i><a href="https://twitter.com/orlandomayor/status/760946530169790464" target="_blank">Twitter / @orlandomayor</a></i><i>&nbsp;and Getty Images.</i></p><hr><b>Trending stories at <a href="http://www.newsy.com">Newsy.com</a></b><ul class="inline-related-links"><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/baby-dies-of-salt-poisoning-in-sc-mother-charged/">SC Mother Accused Of Poisoning Baby With Salt, Charged With Homicide</a></li><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/police-confirm-ninth-attack-by-serial-shooter-in-phoenix/">Police Confirm Ninth Attack By Serial Shooter In Phoenix</a></li><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/supreme-court-temporarily-blocks-transgender-bathroom-ruling/">Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Transgender Bathroom Ruling</a></li></ul>
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando's mayor says he wants the city to purchase the Pulse nightclub and create a permanent memorial for the 49 people who were killed there during a June shooting.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Mayor Buddy Dyer mentioned the city's interest during a radio interview that aired Wednesday.
Dyer said he'd like the gay nightclub to remain in its current state for the near future, continuing to act as a temporary memorial as people come from around the world to pay their respects.
Pulse spokeswoman Sara Brady says the club's owner has met with city officials, but talks were preliminary.
Besides those killed, another 53 people were wounded during the June 12 attack. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a shooting with police.
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