Temporary Pulse memorial approved by city of Orlando

By John W. Davis, Jeff Allen, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Monday, October 09, 2017, 10:52 PM EDT

Orlando leaders unanimously approved a plan for a temporary memorial at Pulse nightclub on Monday.

  • Changes include new perimeter fence, lighted benches
  • onePULSE Foundation is in planning stages for memorial
  • PULSE ATTACK: Complete Coverage

The improvements will allow people to write temporary messages on a reinforced Pulse sign, sit in a garden area and visit the back of the building where survivors were pulled from the nightclub’s bathrooms. There will be a new fence with tribute murals, and lighted benches.

Right now, the chainlink fence put up by the FBI after the 2016 attack is not holding up in some places. There are other safety concerns.

“The community needs a more dignified, respectful place," Pulse owner Barbara Poma said. "The lives that were taken there that day, they deserve a respectful place.”

However, the interim plan does not address parking, which has been an issue. The city is requesting Poma and the onePULSE Foundation come up with a parking management plan as a part of these improvements.

The onePULSE Foundation is still in the planning stages for a permanent memorial. However, that could be a couple years away.

The first of several town halls took place Monday at Orlando Reperatory Theater on Princeton Street.

This town hall focused on researching how to build a national Pulse memorial and museum.