City of Orlando interested in buying Pulse nightclub

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer expresses interest in WFME interview

ORLANDO, Fla. – A city of Orlando spokesperson confirmed to News 6 on Wednesday that the city is interested in buying Pulse nightclub.

"The City has had exploratory discussions with the owners of Pulse about the future of the site.  Those have included the City expressing our interest in acquiring the property," officials said in a statement to News 6. If the City determines it is in the best interest of the community to acquire the property, we will go through that public process to do so."

The city did not release further details. Mayor Buddy Dyer said he had interest in the city buying Pulse during an interview on WMFE that aired Wednesday. 

Previous reports stated that Pulse was likely to become a permanent memorial, according to documents filed with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations, but no plans have been confirmed.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured in the June 12 shooting at Pulse. The shooting sparked millions of dollars in donations for victims to the OneOrlando Fund.

The board from OneOrlando Fund is holding a town hall meeting to get input from the public on the draft protocol for the distribution of the OneOrlando funds on Thursday.

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