Task force wants public input on Pulse memorial at community meetings


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The onePULSE Foundation will be holding a series of community meetings in the next few months to get the public's input on the future memorial dedicated to the lives lost in the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse.

A task force from the onePULSE Foundation and Pulse owner Barbara Poma will lead the hour-long conversations that will take place in Orlando and Kissimmee. The organization plans to honor the 49 victims, survivors, families and first responders with a permanent memorial and museum.

People who attend the meetings will get an update on the results of an online survey and an overview of what the interim memorial will look like. There will also be an opportunity to provide ideas and ask questions about the project.

"We want and need public input as we move forward with this process," Poma said in a statement. "This memorial is for and about the community. There are varied opinions and ideas about what should happen to the site and we want to hear them all. These informal meetings are ideal for those conversations. Public input is simply invaluable."

The five Saturday meetings listed below are free to attend:

- Jan. 27 at the Orange County Library Alafaya Branch at 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Meeting is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 1.
- Feb. 3 at the Orange County Library Hiawassee Branch at 7391 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Meeting is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Feb. 24 at the Osceola County Historical Society, 4155 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee. Meeting is from 11 a.m. to noon.
- March 3 at the Orange County Library in downtown Orlando at 101 E. Central Blvd. Meeting is from 11 a.m. to noon.
- March 24 at the Beardall Senior Center at 800 Delaney Ave., Orlando. Meeting is from 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information, visit the onePULSE Foundation website here