Thursday, October 11, 2012
Mile Markers


Resident's body found in water

The body of resident Robert Thomas Gannaway, 58, was pulled at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday from the water offshore the Florida Bay Club, Mile Marker 103.5, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives do not suspect foul play, said spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin. An autopsy will seek to find the cause of death.

Gannaway's wife told detectives she awoke at 5 a.m. and her husband and his truck were gone, but his wallet and cellphone were still there, according to a press release.

The truck was found parked near Adam's Cut Bridge, where detectives believe Gannaway most likely went into the water, the release states.


Alarm systems must be registered

The Police Department has extended the deadline to Nov. 15 for homeowners to register their alarm systems for the "false alarm" reduction ordinance that began in July, spokeswoman Alyson Crean says. To register, contact the alarm company or go to

Registration is mandatory and costs $50. If there are no false alarms for a year, renewal is free; also, for registered systems, there is no penalty for up to two false alarms a year. After that, the fees run from $150 to $600 for 10 or more false alarms in one year.

The unregistered who have a false alarm will be fined $200 for each instance.

Last year alone, police responded to 1,650 alarms, and 90 percent of them were false, Crean said.


Whale mural kicks off tour

The 700-mile, monthlong "migration" of a big mural featuring a baby whale will kick off at a public ceremony noon Sunday at Mile Marker 99, according to The Wyland Foundation.

Artist Wyland will cut the ribbon to officially launch Stella's tour of Florida. The event also will feature a "Stella-wrapped" Toyota Prius, a banner of the tour route, and the 1,000 square-foot Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience exhibit.

Stella will stop every 20 miles, mirroring a real-life right whale migration, at schools and children's centers.

For more information, go to,, or follow hash tag #stellathewhale on Twitter.