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Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer

Waveney Ann Moore

Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier.

She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A.

She's a former reporter for the Kansas City Star.

Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen.

Phone: (727) 892-2283


  1. To help Jordan Park's seniors, 31 families must find new homes

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which bought back the troubled Jordan Park public housing complex earlier this year, plans to spend about $20 million to improve the 237-unit property and build a new three-story building for seniors.

    But that means 31 families will have to find new housing.

    Their section of the complex, one-story Craftsman-style buildings in what is known as the Historic Village, will be demolished to make way for the new structure....

    Jordan Park, the historic public housing complex, is back in the hands of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. The agency is working to improve the 237-unit complex. But the latest plan to build a new three-story building for seniors will mean 31 families have to find new homes. [LARA CERRI   |   Tampa Bay Times]
  2. So far, Echelman sculpture soars above St. Pete's election drama

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — In this year's pugnacious mayoral campaign, seemingly everything has become a campaign issue: a lack of grocery stores in the city's poorest neighborhoods, restoring power after Hurricane Irma, the sewage system and the cost of the pier.

    But there's one aspect of the long-running pier project that has somehow escaped that fate: Janet Echelman's proposed seven-figure aerial sculpture....

    Artist Janet Echelman is trying to bring one of her famed aerial sculptures to St. Petersburg’s new Pier District.
  3. Know Your City Council Candidates: Justin Bean vs. Gina Driscoll, District6


    Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll, the top two candidates from the Aug. 29 primary that drew eight hopefuls, are vying to replace City Council member Karl Nurse, who is term-limited. District 6 includes parts of downtown, the Old Northeast, Midtown, Historic Uptown and the Old Southeast.

    About the job: City Council members serve four-year terms and earn $44,452 annually.

    Justin Bean


    St. Petersburg City Council candidates Justin Bean (left) and Gina Driscoll are running against each other for the District 6 seat. This is a combination image made from two separate photos. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
  4. St. Pete District 6: Bean, Driscoll announce endorsements


    ST. PETERSBURG – The two candidates vying for the City Council District 6 seat are both touting endorsements.

    The campaign of Justin Bean announced Wednesday that the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association has endorsed the 30-year-old business development sales manager.

    St. Petersburg District 6 City Council race: Justin Bean vs. Gina Driscoll...

    Left to Right: St. Petersburg City Council Candidates, District 6, Gina Driscoll and Justin Bean, share a laugh in the parking lot of the Coliseum Ballroom, 8/29/17 on election day as they greeted voters.
  5. St. Pete District 6 council race: Justin Bean vs. Gina Driscoll


    ST. PETERSBURG — Now that they've come out on top in an eight-candidate primary, Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll are taking their battle for the City Council District 6 seat citywide.

    Each touts their service to the city:

    Bean, 30, a business development sales manager for his family's downtown firm, Resuable Transport Packaging, touts his role in helping to make Williams Park safer and more welcoming, his past leadership of St. Pete Young Professionals and his service on a pier committee that helped set the plans for its $20 million approach. He also was appointed to the Mayor's Complete Streets Committee and worked as a consultant on a proposal to redevelop the Tropicana Field site....

    The candidates for the District 6 City Council seat (from left) Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll, appear at a candidate forum at City Hall. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  6. St.Pete City Council candidate Justin Bean addresses past arrest


    ST. PETERSBURG — Justin Bean topped the crowded field of City Council District 6 hopefuls in the Aug. 29 primary.

    He also snagged the endorsements of former City Council member and chair Bill Dudley, as well as Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni. Additionally, the Tampa Bay Times recommended him for the seat.

    But now the 30-year-old candidate finds himself answering questions about his past. A previously undisclosed 2010 run-in with the law was reported by on Sept. 26....

    Justin Bean, District 6 City Council candidate, addresses a 2010 misdemeanor that has become a campaign issue
  7. Council hopefuls weigh in on issues

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    The candidates for Districts 2, 4 and 6 gathered at City Hall for a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. They fielded a wide range of questions from the audience that had been vetted by the organization.

    Hot-button topics included the future of the Tampa Bay Rays, the new pier, the state of St. Petersburg's infrastructure and economic development. There were also questions about what candidates thought about climate change, how they would lift up Midtown — the economically depressed, mostly African-American area in District 6 — and whether they support the city's annual Pride celebration. They were also asked about caring for the mentally ill and homeless, about public transportation and hurricane preparedness....

    Brandi Gabbard
  8. No lack of issues facing St. Petersburg's six council candidates


    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    The candidates for Districts 2, 4 and 6 gathered at City Hall for a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. They fielded a wide range of questions from the audience that had been vetted by the organization.

    SUNSHINE CITY SHOWDOWN: Keep up with the Tampa Bay Times coverage of the St. Petersburg mayoral race....

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates (from left)  Brandi Gabbard and Barclay Harless, who are running for the District 2 seat. They appeared at Monday night's forum at City Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  9. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The commission's vote raises the budget for the 26-acre Pier District to $76 million.

    St. Petersburg officials had asked the county commission to approve reallocating $14 million in tax increment financing, or TIF funds — once meant to build a mixed-use transportation facility for the city — to the pier project and to improve transportation and parking options in downtown....

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  10. City council candidates talk on Rays, solar and sea-level rise


    Candidates for three City Council seats took questions from a polite crowd Wednesday night during a forum organized by the Council of Neighborhood Associations.

    Residents asked about prominent issues like the Tampa Bay Rays’ quest for a stadium and the cost of the pier, but they also wanted to know the candidates’ positions on banning plastic bags, solar panels, sea-level rise, historic preservation and improvements away from downtown....

    City Hall
  11. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Back in 1985, they evacuated from their Madeira Beach condo to Davis Islands and then to a sturdy, family-owned warehouse to take shelter from Hurricane Elena. When Irma threatened this year, they were unfazed.

    HURRICANE IRMA: Read the latest coverage from the Tampa Bay Times....

    One-year-old Jasira Smith, daughter of Brittney Smith, a puree specialist in Menorah Manor's dietary department. She's on the cot of CEO Rob Goldstein's cot with Goldstein's dog, Encore, during Hurricane Irma. Jasira's mother was working while Menorah Manor staff watched her.  To help keep its patients safe during the storm, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [Courtesy of Menorah Manor]
  12. After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana


    As the holiest days of the Jewish calendar approached, so did Hurricane Irma.

    While residents prepared for the storm and weighed whether to stay or evacuate, Tampa Bay's temples and synagogues secured sacred Torah scrolls and assessed how the storm could affect services and programs for the important High Holidays.

    At Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg, that meant rescheduling a visit by a renowned rabbi from the Czech Republic....

    Congregants open the ark which holds several torah scrolls during Selichot services at Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday night.
  13. St. Petersburg's Merriwether Building crumbles after Irma


    ST. PETERSBURG — The morning after Hurricane Irma brushed the city, Elihu Brayboy got a call saying that a portion of the south wall of the historic but condemned Merriwether Building he and his wife have owned since 2011 had collapsed.

    He arrived in time Monday to see fire officials cordoning off the area. A few hours later, he watched as the building that once served as a segregation-era hotel for visiting black baseball players, Pullman porters and entertainers was demolished....

    The Merriwether Building, in the 1000 block of 22nd Street S in St. Petersburg, was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The building once served as a segregation-era hotel for black baseball players and entertainers.
  14. Without parade, St. Petersburg neighborhoods create new Pride event


    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of St. Pete Pride struck a collective nerve when they decided to move a major draw of the annual June celebration to the city's downtown waterfront.

    To the neighborhoods west of downtown that initiated the celebration and boosted it for 14 years, the move away from their LGBT businesses and community was seen as a rebuff.

    But going forward, they're launching a new, eight-day event — Come Out St. Pete — a mix of celebration and political action, to coincide with the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights....

    Some were unhappy about this year's St. Pete Pride parade moving to the downtown waterfront. But the neighborhoods west of downtown are putting on a new event in October: Come Out St. Pete from Oct. 7-15 to coincide with the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  15. Another St. Pete neighborhood laments loss of its grocery store


    ST. PETERSBURG — Four years after bargain hunters cleared the shelves of the Sweetbay supermarket in Pinellas Point, the cavernous space once occupied by the grocery store remains empty.

    The vacant, 46,803-square-foot space and its bare parking lot add to the desolate feel of the Skyway Plaza shopping center, which also has been abandoned by others, including a Walgreens, dry cleaner and a St. Petersburg Police Department resource center....

    The grocery space at 955 62nd Ave. S. has been empty since Sweetbay left in 2013. But the lease is being paid through 2020.