Orlando plans to honor the victims of the horrific Pulse shooting by turning the nightclub into a memorial, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Buddy Dyer, the city's mayor, previously stated he wants the site remain how it is. Club owner Rosario Poma signed a contract last week agreeing to sell Pulse to Orlando for $2.25 million.
But Dyer isn't in a rush to change the club right now. "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," he said. The Orlando City Council is looking to close the deal by next week.
The mayor also revealed the city's goal is to "create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community." The Pulse nightclub shooting, which was targeted at the LGBTQ community, took place on June 12 and left 49 dead with a handful of others injured.
The terrifying incident became the deadliest mass shooting in United States' history. Since then, the community has showered the site with flowers, drawings, personal letters and more. Below, watch Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer emotional reaction to the Orlando shooting and LGBTQ rights: