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Vietnam memorial coming

The City Commission this week unanimously agreed to support a proposal to build a "Vietnam Living Memorial" in Bayview Park.

Sponsored by Commissioner Mark Rossi, the proposal directs the city manager to work with organizers to review plans. "The organizers wish to honor and recognize men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War," the resolution said.

About 200 residents of Key West served in the war, organizers said.

A plan would need commission approval before construction starts. No details on costs or designs for the memorial have been submitted to the city yet.

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New civil service board member

A paramedic supervisor who has lived in Key West for a decade is the newest member of the five-person Civil Service Board.

Michael Brockner was appointed at Tuesday's City Commission meeting by a unanimous vote.

Brockner, a graduate of Florida Keys Community College and EMS Academy in Plantation Key, is the appointee of Mayor Craig Cates.

Brockner changed career paths, from the service industry to becoming a first responder, after the horrendous hurricane seasons of 2005 and 2005, his resume said.

The board holds written exams for competitive promotional positions for the police and fire departments, and also handles appeals for grievances brought by city staff. Its next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at City Hall, 3128 Flagler Ave.

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City to invite Cuban diplomats

The city will extend an invitation to Cuba's top diplomats to discuss ideas to foster better relations between the island nation.

Sponsored by City Commissioner Tony Yaniz, the commission this week unanimously agreed to invite Jose R. Cabañas, Chief of the Cuban Interests Section Ambassador, and Raul Sanchez Cordovi, First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy, to visit Key West.

The invitation was passed by resolution.

"Larger political issues should not prevent consensus building on issues that can unite individuals and encourage mutually beneficial collaboration between Cuba and the city of Key West," the resolution said.

Such a meeting could eventually benefit residents and businesses of Key West, said Yaniz.