City considering donating cemetery space in memory of Pulse victims

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The City of Orlando will finally move forward with a planned memorial section of Greenwood Cemetery in honor of the victims of the 2016 Pulse Orlando nightclub shootings.

49 markers were donated by the Greenspoon Marder lawfirm in 2017 and were kept in storage behind the Greenwood Cemetery offices for the next two years as the City worked on plans on how best to showcase them on the property.

City Council will hear the proposal at the March 11 City Council meeting, which includes burial plots, two park benches, and a new Little Free Library.

The project is subject to City Council vote as it includes the purchase of six burial spaces at $1,500 a spot. Non-Orlando residents are charged $3,000 for a plot in the city-owned cemetery.

The City reserved the spaces for victims of the shootings but only four of them were buried in Greenwood with most families choosing to bury them off-site.

Editor’s Note: Commissioner Patty Sheehan purchased a lot near the Pulse memorial in 2017 so she could be buried near the victims.

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