Orlando approves permanent Pulse nightclub memorial

Orlando approves permanent Pulse nightclub memorial. Diagram of the approved memorial in Orlando, Florida. (Image via Orlando Sentinel)

The Orlando, Florida city council has unanimously approved a permanent memorial to the victims of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.

The just-approved labyrinthine memorial builds on a design in Colonialtown Square Park that was already in-progress at the time of the massacre. Forty-nine pavers, one for each of the victims, will coalesce around a shattered heart that shares a rainbow color palette with the #OrlandoUnited symbol. Plans on file with the city list local firm KZF Design (also known as KMF Architects) as the architect.

Installation will be complete by next week, and the city plans to hold a dedication on December 20.

Rendering of the temporary memorial at Pulse, the LGBT nightclub where 49 people were killed by a gunman last year. This design is un-affiliated with the Colonialtown Square Park memorial (Courtesy onePULSE Foundation)

In October, city officials approved benches, a fence, and new landscaping on Pulse’s property, the first step towards another permanent commemoration. Pulse owner Barbara Poma’s onePULSE Foundation is behind that project.

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