Friday, August 17, 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.

Deveron Gibbons'  proposed project across from Tangerine Plaza is months behind schedule. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

Deveron Gibbons’ promise of 20 jobs in jeopardy as development plans languish

ST. PETERSBURG — Former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons’ plans to develop two acres across the street from Tangerine Plaza — where two supermarkets failed — could be in trouble.
Published: 08/16/18
Stephen Cox, 66, who also goes by the name The Bird Man of St. Pete, feeds a snowy white egret a piece of squid bait while fishing across from North Straub Park in 2014. (Times files)

Echelman Pier sculpture raises bird safety concerns

ST. PETERSBURG — From the beginning, the city’s plans for an aerial net sculpture on the downtown waterfront provoked alarm from those concerned about birds."I do not think that it is appropriate to place a moving, lighted net in an important...
Published: 08/14/18

St. Petersburg voters will decide whether to modify parks, waterfront

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council has passed an ordinance scheduling a Nov. 6 referendum to modify the city’s charter parks and waterfront map.The change, which will affect the over-water portion of the Pier, was requested by Tampa Bay Watch.
Published: 08/09/18
Florida House candidate caught on video stealing rival’s fliers

Florida House candidate caught on video stealing rival’s fliers

ST. PETE BEACH — The tussle between two Republicans vying for a chance to capture the House District 69 seat has taken an unpleasant turn.
Published: 08/09/18
District 69 state representative candidates Jeremy Bailie, left, and Raymond Blacklidge

Age, experience, fresh perspective touted in District 69 Republican primary

ST. PETERSBURG — Raymond Blacklidge once was in the running for Florida’s insurance commissioner. The insurance executive now hopes to win the District 69 state House of Representatives seat being vacated by Kathleen Peters.He first must beat...
Published: 08/08/18
This rendering, provided before the comprise on the location, depicts a night illumination of Janet Echelman's proposed art piece. This shows it in the Spa Beach area, but the new location is on the Pier approach.

Vision of world-famous artist Janet Echelman wins spot at St. Pete Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — One of the famous aerial net sculptures of Tampa-born artist Janet Echelman, who has had installations around the world from Australia to the Netherlands to the United Arab Emirates, will come to St. Petersburg. The City...
Published: 08/02/18
The historic YMCA downtown St Petersburg. TIMES FILES

Another snag for St. Petersburg’s historic former YMCA building?

ST. PETERSBURG — The former YMCA building, which has endured the whims of would-be saviors since being shuttered almost two decades ago, might be star-crossed.Just when it seemed that work might at last begin on restoring the Mediterranean...
Updated one month ago
DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
Destiny Barber, 18, is a resident at the Family Resources facility for LGBTQ homeless youth in Clearwater: A resident at the Social Services agency Family Resources says 40 percent of the area's homeless youth are LGBTQ. The agency, which is being supported by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, is planning to provide services for homeless youth and young adults. This will call for an expansion at the Family Resources Fifth Avenue N site. Barber is one of the faces of what advocates say is a hidden problem.

A respite with WiFi, air conditioning and information planned for homeless Pinellas youth

Destiny Barber’s life had been spiraling out of control when her case manager referred her to a transitional living program for LGBTQ youth.In the months since she’s been at the Family Resources residence in Clearwater, Barber, 18, has been...
Updated one month ago
Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, right, prays with a group assembled in front of Jordan Park, after giving remarks at a press conference at the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum in St. Petersburg on Friday to address the ongoing issue of Jordan Park, and the proposed demolition of a section of the historic African American housing project by the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times)

Officials speak out against demolition plans for historic Jordan Park section

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County School board chair Rene Flowers was fired up Friday. She talked about growing up in Jordan Park, the city’s first public housing project and a sentimental and historic marker of St. Petersburg’s African-American...
Updated one month ago
The piles of the old St. Petersburg Pier can be seen amid new, taller ones that have been installed for the education center that will be part of the project. On Thursday, the City Council voted on several matters related to the pier project, including one that would allow a 10-year lease for Tampa Bay Watch, which will hold education programs there. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

St. Pete council votes advance Pier District construction

ST. PETERSBURG — The controversy surrounding the proposed location of a Janet Echelman net sculpture on Spa Beach tinged discussions Thursday about an ordinance to amend definitions governing the city's active and passive parks.But...
Updated one month ago