Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer looks to buy Pulse nightclub, create permanent memorial

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando’s mayor says he wants the city to purchase the Pulse nightclub and create a permanent memorial for the 49 people who were killed there during a June shooting.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer pauses during a press conference on June 17, 2016, as he discusses assistance being offered to the families of victims killed and injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer pauses during a press conference on June 17, 2016, as he discusses assistance being offered to the families of victims killed and injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Mayor Buddy Dyer mentioned the city’s interest during a radio interview that aired Wednesday.

Dyer said he’d like the gay nightclub to remain in its current state for the near future, continuing to act as a temporary memorial as people come from around the world to pay their respects.

Pulse spokeswoman Sara Brady says the club’s owner has met with city officials, but talks were preliminary.

Besides those killed, another 53 people were wounded during the June 12 attack. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a shooting with police.