Barbara Poma, owner of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which became the site of the largest LGBT massacre in U.S. history in 2016, is seeking to reopen Pulse in a new location. According to The Orlando Sentinel, a spokeswoman said that Poma is “looking for a location somewhere in central or urban Orlando.”
As to the future of the shuttered site of the original Pulse, 1912 S. Orange Ave., Poma intends to turn it into a memorial, possibly a museum via funds raised by the onePulse Foundation she launched. Quotes the Sentinel:
“This project is not about replacing a building or a fun hangout for the gay community,” said Jason Felts, CEO of Virgin Produced and board member of onePulse Foundation, at a May announcement regarding the memorial. “This project is about healing Central Florida, the GLBT community, the Latino community.”
The Sentinel says that among the many different expressed feelings of club goers, there is a faction who have pushed for the reopening of Pulse, “part of onePulse’s mission statement to ‘not let hate win.’” There will be a town hall meeting on September 13 regarding the memorial plans.