ORLANDO: Pulse Owner To Unveil Memorial Plans

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

As the one-year anniversary of the Pulse terror attack nears, the nightclub’s owner, Barbara Poma, next week will announce details about plans for a permanent memorial at the scene of the nation’s largest mass shooting.

“Pulse has always been a part of me, but after this tragedy which took 49 lives, it became a part of this community and the world,’’ Poma said in a news release. “It’s important that we as a community be mindful and take great care to preserve, honor and help heal.”

Poma has said she wanted a memorial at the site since the day after the shooting. The entire area around Pulse, 1912 S. Orange Ave., was a crime scene for a week after the attack. But when the street reopened, the vacant black building quickly became a magnet for grief, vigils, flowers, artwork and impromptu memorials. Even now, more than 10 months later, people still visit daily.

In December, Poma was criticized by some when she rejected a $2.25 million offer from the city, which planned to create a permanent memorial of their own at the site.

  • Mark

    I can understand a memorial at the sight. But i wonder what happens if the current owner decides to close the club….and how does the ‘club’ go on? It was such a huge tragedy….I just don’t know how many would now want to ‘party’ there.

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    • Snarky

      I don’t think reopening the building as a club was ever in the plans. We will see what Poma says next week, but it’s been fenced in and closed since shortly after the investigators left. The current temporary memorials are in the parking lot and on the fencing that now surrounds the building.

      My concern is, does Poma’s OnePULSE foundation own the land and property? If not, is it still owned by a bank? If the city or OnePULSE doesn’t own it in the long term, is the site safe as a permanent memorial?

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  • Mark

    I’m having weird crap with discus…..

  • i hope the owner deeds to club to the city in her will. i understand

    the notion that the place is a part of her and she doesn’t want to give it up to strangers. but it should eventually become a memorial site imho, and private families don’t often do that.

  • Jmdintpa

    I could understand her feelings. When I have visited the site its already been turned into a memorial. Its seems like a peacefull park with a tribute to those killed might be nice. Areas with playgrounds, dogpark etc. Where people can come and be alive and celebrate. I just cant see opening the place back up as a club after what happened.