An open letter to Orlando city leaders regarding the Pulse nightclub

To Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and The Honorable commissioners of the council,

For openers, this post is not meant as a rebuke to anyone working for the city or in the LGBTQ community. I mean no disrespect.

I am just not certain purchasing the land where the Pulse nightclub currently sits is the best idea. I understand that turning the site into a memorial is an idea from people who have their heart in the right place.

But if it were up to me, I’d want the club to open again.

I recognize that my opinion might be a little awkward. I am fully aware of what happened there. I went to high school with one of the victims. Also, I work about a block away, although I was not in the neighborhood when Omar Mateen acted on his evil intentions.

My assertion comes from two beliefs. The first: We often hear that when loved ones pass, they would want us to go on with life — to be happy, to appreciate beauty, to laugh, grow, and to dance. It is a hunch that would be the wish of the victims. 

True, there is at least one more LGBTQ club in Orlando. But I come from cities that have many more than one. I moved to central Florida from Hollywood, Calif. As you might imagine, there is a thriving community in that area. I’ve been in those clubs. I’ve seen more problems in other clubs, so perhaps bringing back the Pulse is more of a benefit to Orlando.

The second reason I think the Pulse should reopen is a bit primal. It’s not that everything President George W. Bush said was correct about the so-called war on terror, but I believe that having fewer LGBTQ clubs in Orlando does give the terrorists a victory. I do believe in an afterlife. I want Mateen — wherever he is right now — to realize that he did his worst and it did not benefit his twisted cause.

I want there to be a reopened Pulse with its patrons happy. I want that to be a figurative middle finger to Mateen, that he learns the depths of the failure of his ill-conceived principles. I want his dispicable acts to be a complete loss to him and those who harbor the same sickness at the core of their beings.

Perhaps the Pulse owners take the money — I don’t have an issue with the price tag reported — and use it to open a new Pulse at a different site. If that’s the result, so be it.

There’s a meme. I don’t know who created it, but it altered the logo of the club into a rainbow-flag themed heart. Underneath included the words, “We aren’t going anywhere.”

Well, don’t.