Waveney Ann Moore, St. Petersburg General Assignment Reporter

Waveney Ann Moore

St. Petersburg General Assignment Reporter

I cover a variety of topics, from neighborhoods to religion to projects such as the St. Petersburg Pier. I learn something new every day, whether it’s about preservation issues, the surprises that have cropped up for some homeowners about submerged lands under their docks, or the way people live their faith –- or not! My work includes meeting fascinating people, among them Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Santeria priest who was a devout parishioner at a local Catholic church, and would-be politicians who want to shape their part of the world. I was born in Guyana, South America, when there was no television and grew up a voracious reader. And for the many who ask about my name, there actually is a Waveney river in England (actually, it's called River Waveney).

Work on a ‘gateway’ to St. Pete’s Pier District will mean a six-month street closure downtown

In this scene from January 2018, dense fog shrouds the intersection of Second Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive  in downtown St. Petersburg. It’s one of two intersections that will be impacted as work starts on a new “gateway” to the Pier District. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
The $1.7 million project will create a pedestrian connection to the Pier District, which is expected to reach a total cost of $92 million.

New St. Petersburg police unit helps homeless by getting to know them

Betty Newmon, 77, talks with officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department’s Police Assisting the Homeless (PATH) team in a homeless camp on the west side of Lakewood Estates, between 31st Street S and the interstate. The team has seven officers and a sergeant who offer services to the city’s homeless population. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
It takes time to build a rapport with those living on the street or in the woods. That’s how the new Police Assisting the Homeless unit, or PATH, is slowly making inroads.

Nikitas Lulias of Tarpon Springs is the new archbishop of Great Britain

Nikitas Lulias blesses a crowd gathered along the Tarpon Springs sponge docks during events leading up to the next day’s Epiphany celebration. The image is from 2015, when Lulias was a Metropolitan with the Greek Orthodox Church. Later this month he’ll be formally installed as the archbishop of Great Britain. [Times (2015)]
The University of Florida graduate and self-described “Tarpon boy” once caught an archbishop's gold cross during Epiphany. “It became a lifetime of blessings.”

Despite DeSantis veto, St. Pete’s Woodson African American Museum pushes to expand

Local historian Gwen Reese (second from left) discusses ideas for a planned expansion of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum during day-long symposium last month. Pictured from left are: Mario Gooden of Huff + Gooden Architects of New York; Reese; Walter Hood from Oakland, Cal.; Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C; Mabel O. Wilson, author of the book Negro Building: African Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums; and Terri Lipsey Scott, director of the Woodson. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
The project would cost $10 million, add up to 10,000 square feet of space and put the Woodson on par with the city’s other museums.

The St. Pete Pier marketplace application gets revision

While the city takes applications for vendors for the St. Pete Pier marketplace, work continues on the building on the waterside end. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
The initial application to lease a small space to sell products at the pier is revised after prospective vendors said it was intrusive