Tuesday, December 12, 2017


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.

The St. Petersburg council  approved the money needed to keep the Pier District moving forwardt. [City of St. Petersburg]

St. Pete Council moves Pier ahead with more money

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council readily approved another phase in funding for the $76 million Pier District on Thursday.The funds included $18 million for work to complete what had been the original pier project and an additional $2.8 million...
Published: 12/07/17
Richard C. Guess, 67, used to host the WRXB-1590 AM weekday show

Radio station WRXB, longtime voice in St. Petersburg’s black community, goes silent

ST. PETERSBURG — Radio Station WRXB, a constant in Tampa Bay’s African-American community for more than four decades, offering a staple of R&B, gospel and community news, is no more.The radio station, once black-owned, abruptly went off the air...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17
The new pier project is expected to take a further step forward Thursday, when the City Council is likely to approve another step in funding for the now $76 million project. [City of St.Petersburg]

St. Pete’s Pier District expected to move forward with more money

ST. PETERSBURG —The pier will take a further step forward Thursday, when the City Council is expected to approve another step in funding for the now $76 million project.Council members will be asked to vote on $18 million for remaining work to...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
St. Petersburg plans to sell naming rights to some elements of  the new Pier District. [City of St. Petersburg]

The Seaworld Splash Pad? St. Petersburg’s Pier District will offer naming rights

ST. PETERSBURG — A few months ago, St. Petersburg development administrator Alan DeLisle told City Council members the city could earn about $100,000 annually in naming rights from the yet-to-be constructed Pier District.At least two council...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Homes along 10th Avenue NE, between Bay Street and Oak Street, are included in the new hiistoric district. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

St. Petersburg neighborhoods get historic status

ST. PETERSBURG — Two additional sections of the city can now claim local historic status.The City Council voted last week to grant requests for historic recognition from residents in the 200 block of 10th Avenue NE, an area of 14 homes, and a...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/06/17
Some of the repurposed shipping containers at Pinellas Hope. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Pinellas Hope turns 10

PINELLAS PARK — Pinellas Hope, a homeless shelter for 250 adults, will mark its 10th anniversary at 4 p.m. today. Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and government officials will attend the event at Pinellas Hope, which is...
Published: 11/30/17
People lining up outside of the Daystar Life Center. Photo by Kasamba Kokayi

Daystar Life Center in downtown St. Petersburg moving services for the poor to Midtown

ST. PETERSBURGDaystar Life Center, which has been serving the poor and homeless from its downtown base for 35 years, is moving to Midtown.Buoyed by the pledge of more than $1 million from a St. Pete Beach couple, the agency has purchased...
Published: 11/30/17
Barricades along Beach Drive at the intersection of Fourth Avenue NE have been erected for security at upcoming holiday events at North Straub Park. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Barricades reinforce security for holiday events on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront

ST. PETERSBURG — World and national tragedies are changing the city’s approach to security for special events at North Straub Park.With the approach of the holidays, concrete barricades have been erected at a section of the park’s perimeter,...
Updated one month ago
St. Petersburg has reached an agreement on a new restaurant at the Manhattan Casino.  [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Monday approved a lease for the Manhattan Casino, a landmark building in the city’s historic African-American business and entertainment community.It was a controversial decision for some of the city’s black...
Updated one month ago

St. Petersburg council passes living wage ordinance

ST. PETERSBURG — An ordinance requiring certain city contractors to pay workers a minimum of $12 an hour was approved by City Council members Monday with some amendments. The living wage ordinance applies to businesses with major city contracts...
Updated one month ago