Pulse Owner Barbara Poma Seeks to Re-Open Nightclub in a New Location
Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse nightclub, is seeking a location to open a new nightclub with the same name.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Poma is looking for a location somewhere in central or urban Orlando, a spokeswoman said. Poma’s confirmation of seeking a new location for the club comes as the first town-hall meeting for a memorial approaches on Sept. 13.
Initially, Poma had planned to reopen the new nightclub on the same site as the first Pulse, where 49 people were tragically murdered in the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. However, she dropped this idea and opted to create a memorial and a museum commemorating the 49 victims.
“This project is not about replacing a building or a fun hangout for the gay community,” said Jason Felts, board member of onePulse Foundation, at a May announcement regarding the memorial. “This project is about healing Central Florida, the GLBT community, the Latino community.”
“I started the onePulse foundation shortly after the tragedy on June 12, 2016 at Pulse Nightclub for two reasons,” Poma explains in a video for the foundation. “One, I really wanted to make sure the site will always remain memorialized forever for everyone who lost their lives there, for their families and for our entire Orlando community. I also wanted to help the families through the process of healing.”
Poma continues: “I could never have walked away from this. I feel passionate to be honored to do this for these families and our community. It wasn’t an option for me.”
“I know once it’s unveiled and we have it here it will be a place of comfort. But I know in a hundred years it should be a place of education and change and remembrance. I hope we aren’t giving people labels and calling them by their sexuality. I just hope that becomes erased.”