Monday, October 15, 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.

Though the Gandy house was torn down, the Driftwood neighborhood recently won a victory in its drive to gain historic status.

St. Petersburg's Driftwood neighborhood a big step closer to being officially historic

ST. PETERSBURG — Six months after the Driftwood neighborhood mourned the loss of its historic Gandy Home, advocates in the small enclave off Big Bayou are on the verge of claiming a significant victory.In a unanimous decision Tuesday,...
Published: 10/11/18
Stephen Goldman (Courtesy of Goldman family)

Epilogue: Stephen Goldman, first director of the Florida Holocaust Museum, remembered as a passionate and creative educator

ST. PETERSBURG — Friends and colleagues remember Stephen Goldman as dedicated to the Florida Holocaust Museum and its lessons of tolerance.He was the museum’s first director and helped it grow and move from cramped quarters in...
Published: 10/10/18
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Laquinda Currie (left) gets a hug and kiss from her aunt Irene Rollins outside of her new home before the start of the Habitat for Humanity 500th new home dedication at 1921 Fairfield Ave. S. in St. Petersburg Monday morning. Currie is a single mother raising two young sons while living with sickle cell. The home where she previously lived was in disrepair and she has longed for a safe place for her sons to live and a yard for them to play in.

Habitat for Humanity’s 500th home in Pinellas fulfills dream for St. Petersburg mother

ST. PETERSBURG — After Hurricane Irma damaged the roof of her Harbordale neighborhood rental home, Laquinda Currie was forced to move her mattress into the living room. Then the ceiling there also threatened to collapse.In the kitchen, mold...
Published: 10/09/18
Republican Raymond Blacklidge (left)  and Democrat Jennifer Webb (right).

Republican Raymond Blacklidge and Democrat Jennifer Webb have similarities, but display stark differences in quest for District 69 state House seat

The primary over, party stalwarts have thrown their weight into the battle for the District 69 State House seat.The Republican Party has put almost $60,000 into Raymond Blacklidge’s campaign, hoping to retain the seat Kathleen Peters is...
Published: 10/03/18
A worker repairs a corbel at St. Petersburg's historic YMCA building. WAVENEY ANNE MOORE / Times

Accusations of stalking another issue in dispute over beleagured former YMCA

ST. PETERSBURG — The saga of the former YMCA building plods on as two men professing deep attachment to the crumbling historic structure battle personal frustrations and each other.Developer Nick Ekonomou, 50, owns the downtown building...
Updated one month ago
Homeless and poor residents in St. Petersburg wait out side of the Daystar Life Center, 226 6th St S. The center is building a facility in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg.

Developer buying Daystar's downtown property will allow social services agency to remain until new Midtown center is built

ST. PETERSBURG — Every weekday, the homeless and those struggling to keep a roof over their heads gather outside Daystar Life Center in the city’s downtown, waiting for the doors to open.Fifteen years ago, the agency expanded its...
Updated one month ago
City officials say they have fixed a timing issue at the new traffic light at Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg that should help alleviate traffic issues.

City says Disston Plaza traffic issues fixed

ST. PETERSBURG — Tim Funderburk, traffic signal coordinator for the city, says the problem that was causing traffic to back up at the new Disston Plaza entrance has been solved.The plaza at 3501 49th St. N was recently revamped and an...
Updated one month ago
The $25 million Maximo Marina renovation, begun in 2016 is nearly complete. The marina can now accommodate boats up to 100 feet long. The view is looking west.

Maximo Marina, long established on a canal off Boca Ciega Bay, completes a multimillion-dollar renovation

ST. PETERSBURG — The $25 million Maximo Marina renovation off Boca Ciega Bay is almost complete, but for a few punch list items.Located in the Skyway Marina District on the city’s southern tip, the facility boasts 212 covered wet...
Updated one month ago
Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg recently added a traffic signal on 49th Street in front of the plaza. People have expressed concern the new exit will create problems. .MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

New entrance and traffic signal frustrate drivers at Disston Plaza shopping center

ST. PETERSBURG — Disston Plaza, with its freshly paved and striped parking lot, newly planted palm trees and just-opened Publix, began to draw traffic complaints weeks before shoppers thronged the supermarket Saturday.Besides Publix, the...
Updated one month ago
George Mitcheson, the first customer at the newly opened Publix at Disston Plaza, showing off the new dollar bill he received.

Publix fan adds another first

ST. PETERSBURG — When Publix employees pulled up to the new Disston Plaza store about 4 a.m. Saturday, their first customer, George Mitcheson, was waiting.The ribbon cutting wouldn’t happen for three hours.
Updated one month ago