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Orlando to Buy Pulse Nightclub, Create Permanent Memorial

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million

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    The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial.

    Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million.

    Dyer says the site should probably remain as-is for the next 12 to 18 months, as it has become a gathering place for mourners.

     

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    He says the city will reach out to the community for advice on how plans for the memorial should proceed.

    The purchase price is $600,000 more than its appraised value.

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