A bill (HB 3583) was filed in the Florida House to appropriate $2 million to fund the design and construction of a permanent memorial and museum dedicated to the Pulse massacre.
Holly Raschein, a Republican representing Monroe County, was the initial sponsor. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando), a gay man, is a co-sponsor.
“The funds will be used to build a permanent memorial and museum honoring all affected by the June 12, 2016 tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando,” reads the appropriations project request form. “The activities and services include a memorial that is free and open to the public, that will serve as a place of hope and healing for the community that responded with love and courage to the second largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 911. The museum will provide an education center, along with artifacts that tell the story of Pulse, the [victims].”
The money would go to the onePULSE Foundation, who would oversee the project.
In October the foundation was awarded up to $10 million in hotel-tax revenues by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to fund the memorial and museum.
“The Tourism Development Tax funding is a significant step in fulfilling onePULSE’s mission to create a sanctuary of hope which honors all those affected by the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub,” reads a press releasing announcing the funding from the County.
Former Mayor of Orange County Teresa Jacobs added in the release: “This will be a sacred space that will tell the story of Pulse and our 49 angels, while ensuring future generations learn from the detrimental impact of hate, bigotry, discrimination and intolerance. We will never forget the 49 angels we lost or the impact this tragedy had on everyone in our region, especially our LGBTQ, Latinx and Hispanic communities. This museum sends a clear message that hate will not win and love will always prevail.”