Posed to the City of Orlando. Asked by survivors and the family and friends of victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. Based on the facts that are documented in public records.
The goal of the 49 Questions Campaign is to start a public conversation about the public records released by the City of Orlando that pertain to Pulse's unpermitted renovation and code violations—none of which have been reported on (the only exception being Pulse's unpermitted fence).
Public records show that these illegal modifications affected the escape and rescue of shooting victims. They also show that Pulse was not approved to operate as a nightclub, but only as a martini bar and restaurant. No dance floor was allowed, where at least 20 people were fatally wounded.
We want to get to the bottom of this. We want to know why there wasn't a criminal investigation into these violations?
Look at what happened after the Station Nightclub fire. Even though the owners of the Station Nightclub did not start the fire that killed 100 people and injured 230 in 2003, its owners were charged with involuntary manslaughter due to building/fire code violations made before the fire broke out. These violations were discovered after the fire and after an investigation was done.
However, there was no investigation into building code violations and unpermitted renovations after the Pulse shooting. Instead, owner Barbara Poma started a non-profit after the shooting called the OnePULSE Foundation, has been paid a $150k annual salary, and has been given millions of dollars of public funds for the building of a private memorial-museum complex.
We think this is an injustice.
Ultimately, we ask for:
an official criminal investigation into Pulse's unpermitted renovations, code violations, and how they hindered the escape and rescue of shooting victims;
all money raised in the name of the Pulse shooting to be reinvested in the continued care of shooting victims instead of a tourist attraction;
an end to the privatization, monetization, and merchandising of our public tragedy by the OnePULSE Foundation;
a completely publicly owned memorial park instead of the proposed memorial-museum complex that will be privately owned and operated by the OnePULSE Foundation.
One question was released each day on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on this site between Pride Weekend and mid-August 2020.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Help us demand an investigation into the unpermitted renovations and code violations at Pulse nightclub that obstructed the escape and rescue of shooting victims by contacting the State Attorney Monique Worrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Chief of the Orlando Police Department Orlando Rolón at email@example.com. Let them know that you've read the public records and you too want answers through a formal criminal investigation.