Sunday, May 27, 2018


Waveney Ann Moore

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.

Teresa Willingham outside her apartment in St. Petersburg earlier this month. Willingham used in live in Jordan Park, which is set to be demolished and replaced with a new senior complex. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council rejected a request from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for a letter the agency said would help it proceed with a $43 million makeover of Jordan Park.There’s also a question about whether the housing...
Published: 05/24/18
Christ United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg has sold its parking lot to a developer for more than $5 million. DIRK SHADD   |   Times

Church sells parking lot, perhaps paving way for another tower for downtown St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A downtown congregation has agreed to sell a portion of its prime property to a Connecticut developer.Christ United Methodist Church said it has signed a contract to sell its parking lot at First Avenue N and Fifth Street to...
Published: 05/14/18

Muslim association to host Iftar dinner in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, St. Petersburg Islamic Community and St. Petersburg Islamic Society will join Mayor Rick Kriseman to host the 2nd Annual Iftar Dinner, at 7 p.m., May 30, at the St. Petersburg...
Updated one month ago
To stay informed this hurricane season, go to [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via The New York Times]

Hurricane 2018: How I took care of my mother during Irma

ST. PETERSBURG — Anxiety. Fear. Relief. Gratitude. That’s Irma in retrospect. And it wasn’t just my anxiety and fear. It was that of my daughter and son-in-law in New York, their calls, nagging and pleading that we please escape Armageddon!And...
Updated one month ago
The city of Madrid celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Plaza Mayor with an original sculpture by artist Janet Echelman in February. The temporary installation. titled 1.78 Madrid, explored the cycles of time and was the newest addition to Echelman's Earth Time Series begun in 2010 which has been a focal point in cities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South and
North America.
PHOTO CREDIT (c) Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, photo: Joao Ferrand

Fundraising effort for Echelman art at Pier faces ticking clock

About $600,000 in private funds still must be raised to help St. Petersburg acquire one of internationally acclaimed artist Janet Echelman’s floating sculptures, planned for Spa Beach.
Updated one month ago

Military photograph exhibit to be housed at St. Petersburg history museum

St. PETERSBURG — A collection of historic American military photographs opened May 2 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. "The American Soldier – A Photographic Tribute" features nearly 70 wall-to-wall photographs capturing the essence of American...
Updated one month ago
A rendering of the pier education center at the new St. Pete Pier. Rendering from city of St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay Watch gets spot on St. Pete Pier for marine education center

ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay Watch, the conservation group based in Tierra Verde, will operate an outpost at the new Pier.In a unanimous vote, City Council members voted Thursday to give the nonprofit organization a five-year lease to offer...
Updated one month ago

Pier District receives donation for sun shade

ST. PETERSBURG — The Pier District is getting a $250,000 donation from the American Academy of Dermatology. The money will be used to build a shade structure adjacent to Spa Beach.Dr. Abel Torres, immediate past president of the organization,...
Updated one month ago
The city of St. Petersburg will rename its main library the President Barack Obama Main Community Library of St. Petersburg. The renaming will come with a $6 million renovation. [Rendering courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg]

St. Petersburg library to be named for former President Obama

ST. PETERSBURG — Council members voted to rename St. Petersburg’s main library, which will be undergoing a $6 million renovation, in honor of former President Barack Obama.One member of the public, Patricia Buchanan, suggested that a...
Updated one month ago
St. Petersburg City Council member Ed Montanari was one of two council members to vote against the city joining the gun lawsuit.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

St. Petersburg council members join state gun law challenge

ST. PETERSBURG — Six of eight City Council members recently voted to allow St. Petersburg to join a number of other Florida cities, mayors and city officials in a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott. The suit challenges "the onerous, unconstitutional and...
Updated one month ago