Barbara Poma, one of the owners of Pulse Nightclub, has just announced that she will not be selling the club to the City of Orlando. Poma had been approached by the City to sell the property for $2.25M following the shooting, despite it being valued at $1.5M. We wrote about that in more detail, HERE.
Poma has since announced that she “… can’t just walk away [from the Pulse property]” and that she, “intends to create a space for everyone, a sanctuary of hope, and a welcoming area to remember all those affected by the tragedy.”
The City Council was scheduled to vote on the purchase of the property at the November 14 Council Meeting but it was deferred to a later date, due to a disagreement among the Councillors.
The following statement was just released by the Mayor’s office, concerning the sudden change:
“We understand that this was an incredibly difficult decision for the owners. We respect their decision and are hopeful the Pulse site continues to be a place of hope and healing that honors the victims.
We believe it is important for the community to have input into a memorial that honors the victims and pays tribute to the resiliency of Orlando. Staff will continue to research and understand how other communities have approached the memorial process. As we better understand that process and after engaging with our Commissioners and community partners we will update the community on the next steps.”