More than a year after a mass shooting killed 49 people at Pulse, the gay nightclub looks poised to rise again. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the club’s owner, Barbara Poma, is looking for a new location for the club “somewhere in central or urban Orlando.” The news comes ahead of a town-hall meeting on September 13 that will discuss plans for a memorial.
After the deadly massacre, Poma started the onePulse Foundation to help victims and build a memorial, but it’s not clear what she’ll do with the original building. There’s been debate among the community about the original Pulse nightclub, with some arguing that it should be reopened as part of onePulse’s mission to “not let hate win.”
In May, Jason Felts, CEO of Virgin Produced and board member of onePulse Foundation, explained the goal of the memorial, stating: “This project is not about replacing a building or a fun hangout for the gay community. This project is about healing Central Florida, the GLBT community, the Latino community.”
On the day of the town hall meeting, an online public survey will go live asking for input on the future of the Pulse building. To participate, click here.