THE city of Orlando is to buy the Pulse gay nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 in a homophobic massacre on June 12.
Mayor Buddy Dyer says the city has reached a deal to pay $2.25 million (£1.8m) for the site — $600,000 more than its appraised value. He described the price as a “compromise” with the owners.
It will not be altered for the next 12-18 months since it has become a gathering place for mourners, but longer-term authorities plan to turn the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history into a memorial to the victims.
Mr Dyer says Orlando will “create something to honour the memory of the deceased and those who were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”
The exact form of the memorial will depend on ideas from the local community and massacre survivors.