Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed and another 53 wounded during a mass shooting on June 12, may eventually be turned into a permanent memorial. The city of Orlando, Florida, has offered to buy the location for $2.25 million.
Mayor Buddy Dyer said there are no immediate plans as to what form the memorial will take; however, he promised that the city would welcome ideas from the community. No changes will take place over the next year, allowing mourners to continue to visit the site to pay their respects.
"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 explained. After that, the city hopes "create something to honour the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community."
The city council must now approve the purchase.