Orlando bar steps up security ahead of anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting

Sunday, June 12 marks the sixth anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in which 49 people lost their lives.

As the Orlando community prepares to mourn and remember those who died — and in the wake of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas — a Florida bar has stepped up security to s make sure everyone feels safe.

The co-owner of SAVOY Orlando, an Ivanhoe-area club, said he added safety measures to make sure people felt safe, including banning backpacks, large backpacks handmade and oversized coats, over the weekend.

“It’s Pulse Remembrance Weekend, so everyone’s a little more nervous than normal, so we’re just adding a little extra security, to make everyone feel safe,” said Brandon Llewellyn .

Inside the bar are 49 flowers – each representing a person who died in the June 12, 2016 shooting. A minute’s silence was also scheduled for 2:02 a.m.

“It’s important to us, they were part of our community, and we knew most of them and also came to our bar,” Llewellyn said.

Jerry C. Greiner