Snce the Orlando shooting two months ago at Pulse nighclub, there have been different proposals about what to do at the site. This week, Mayor Buddy Dyer told 90.7 News radio that he wants the city to remain very much involved in plans for the site, since it continues to attract a high number of visitors coming to bear witness and pay their respects.
“At some point I think the city needs to gain control [or] purchase the Pulse site and then make some determination, with a lot of input, on what a permanent memorial might look like," Dyer said in the interview. “We need to determine some period of time that we leave it exactly as is," he continued, "because there will be people that want to travel here to see it as it exists, without modification to it."
In a show of sensitivity, the mayor is not moving forward with any plan hastily, preferring instead to follow the cues of public interest and reactions in the wake of the tragedy. “People are traveling from all over the country, really all over the world. I’ve been, quite honestly, a little surprised at the volume of visitors that we have had."