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Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer

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.

Phone: (727) 892-2283

Email: wmoore@tampabay.com

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  1. Residents' docks reveal ownership quirk that could require St. Petersburg referendum

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After discovering that their docks rest on city waterfront parkland, six northeast St. Petersburg homeowners now must contend with rules limiting their use.

    One prohibition: "The possession or consumption of alcohol on the premises."

    "Look, I'm not a party animal, but this isn't acceptable," said Pat Bluett, 56, a Largo businessman who teamed up with his brother, Mitchell, to buy a waterfront home on Placido Way NE as a weekend boating getaway....

    Scott Willis, on his dock on Placido Way NE in St. Petersburg, found out about a year and a half ago that his dock sits on city waterfront parkland, which would require him to sign a lease. He said he and his neighbors are being treated unfairly.
  2. Columbia restaurant could be back at the St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Fans of the Columbia could see the popular restaurant return to the St. Petersburg Pier.

    Demolition has barely begun of the old Pier, but St. Petersburg officials are already looking for someone to develop, lease and operate a restaurant at the easternmost point of its replacement. Plans also call for two more restaurants on the Pier approach.

    But close proximity of the three restaurants to Beach Drive could bring unwanted competition....

    Columbia Restaurant owners Richard Gonzmart, left, Casey Gonzmart and Melanie Gonzmart opened on the Pier in 1988.
  3. Civil rights leader Julian Bond touched local lives

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Julian Bond was a historic figure in the civil rights movement, but for some local residents, he was more than a distant hero.

    Bond, who died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, helped start the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, spoke against the Vietnam War and was elected to the Georgia Legislature. In later years, he became an NAACP chairman.

    Renowned as one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s young disciples, he would go on to become an elder statesman in the fight for social and racial justice and a respected academic....

    Darryl Rouson was local NAACP president when he joined national president Kweisi Mfume, left, and chairman Julian Bond for a photo at the 2002 NAACP convention in Houston.
  4. Praises for Catholic deacon's pioneering work in African-American community

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Lionel Roberts moved to St. Petersburg more than 30 years ago bringing the life experience of a northern transplant and a Caribbean immigrant.

    Before long, he was immersed in church and community life and organizing everything from a tennis academy for inner city youth to a Tampa Bay West Indian Association.

    Admirers point to the role he played in founding the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center in the city's Midtown, the reopening of a closed school to serve teenage mothers, and his efforts to increase black membership and participation in the local Roman Catholic Diocese....

    Deacon Lionel Roberts, 89, offers the communion cup during Mass at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
  5. As Pier demolition begins, public invited to commemorative event

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday's unannounced onset of the demolition of the city's Pier took many off guard.

    It was, after all, a significant step in the long-delayed project that felled one mayor and has vexed Mayor Rick Kriseman, who heralded a new start early in his term with music, speeches and special guests.

    Yet there was no fanfare heralding the chomping of heavy equipment. A formal announcement wouldn't come until Wednesday, taking the form of a community invitation to commemorate the doomed 1973 inverted pyramid....

    Tuesday's unannounced onset of the demolition of the city's Pier took many off guard. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  6. No turning back: City begins demolition of the Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a decade of planning and four years of delays, the city's iconic Pier started coming down in chunks as crews began its demolition Tuesday.

    A large backhoe tore into the southwest corner of the Pier's first floor retail section that was added in a major 1980s renovation. Another backhoe scooped up the debris, which was later hauled away.

    The work marked the beginning of the two-month demolition of the inverted pyramid, which opened in 1973, as well as the start of its $46 million redevelopment as Pier Park. By February, the Pier approach and the Pier head, the area that surrounds the inverted pyramid, will be taken out....

    A crew from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., Clearwater, begins to demolish the St. Petersburg Pier on Tuesday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  7. Council wants say in $20 million to link St. Petersburg pier to downtown

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With key steps seemingly in place for the new pier, including demolition and a design, city officials are moving ahead with what they're calling the Pier Approach Project.

    The plan envisioned as a show-stopping entryway to St. Petersburg's latest version of its municipal pier will be financed with $20 million in tax revenues from its booming downtown.

    Starting at the western edge of Pier Park — the new landmark to replace the inverted pyramid — the project will encompass areas of Bayshore and Beach drives and is expected to include such elements as a grand entry, pedestrian art promenade, an art bridge, an open-air market and two restaurants....

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman requested dedicating $20 million for capital projects, such as the pier approach, in the downtown waterfront master plan.
  8. It's for real: St. Pete says Pier demolition to begin any day now

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A month after hopes were dashed for an immediate start to demolish the Pier, city officials said Tuesday they have the necessary federal permit to begin.

    By mid February, all traces of the Pier's approach, the bait shops and the controversial 1973 inverted pyramid will be wiped from downtown.

    "It's served its time, just as many have before it," said resident Shirley O'Sullivan, referring to the past 102 years of three different public piers on the waterfront....

    The Pier, seen here in 2014, is about to come down thanks to a long-awaited U.S. Army Corp of Engineers permit that St. Petersburg officials obtained this week. SCOTT KEELER    |    Times

  9. Permit to demolish inverted pyramid imminent

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The holdup in demolition of the inverted pyramid could soon be over.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that it could issue a permit to tear down the 1973 structure as early as next week.

    It has been nearly a month since the City Council approved $5.2 million for initial work on a replacement project — Pier Park — and a construction fence went up to signal imminent demolition....

    Demolition plans for the Pier in St. Petersburg were brought to a halt recently when the US. Army Corps of Engineers said St. Petersburg needed its permission to tear down the entire structure because it spans a body of water. .
  10. Epilogue: Dr. Peter Orobello helped transform All Children's Hospital

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — The outpouring on Facebook reverberates with gratitude and sadness from parents whose children Dr. Peter Orobello treated as recently as a few weeks ago and as far back as a quarter of a century.

    "Watching my baby girl dance to music may sound like no big deal, but we will never forget that she can only hear the music thanks to Dr. Orobello," says one post.

    "He was my son's doctor. So kind and compassionate," reads another....

    Dr. Peter Orobello, center, is shown with his family at his daughter Ryan’s wedding. From left are daughter Morgan, son Nick, daughter Ryan Orobello Karempelis, wife Jill, and daughters Katy and Tayler. Jill Orobello said the family is coping with their sudden loss.
  11. St. Petersburg's libraries strive for security

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Those who drafted the code of conduct for the city's libraries appear to have left little to chance.

    No doing laundry in the restrooms, sleeping, or carrying in bed bugs or lice. There are admonitions against playing audio equipment at a volume that others can hear and leaving bags unattended. In addition, traditional library etiquette stands: No loud talk.

    A small band of part-time security guards helps keep unruly patrons in check. The budget for this year, accounting for three city employees and one temp, will run about $51,000....

  12. Demolition of Pier now projected to start in one month

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Demolition of the Pier is on track to begin in less than a month, ending an embarrassing delay caused by the absence of a needed permit.

    The news was delivered by Public Works Administrator Mike Connors, who two weeks earlier had said all permits were in place to begin tearing down the shuttered inverted pyramid.

    But the work was halted when the city discovered that demolition could not begin without a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....

    Smith Fence workers Brandon Knight and Chris Tompkins erect a fence closing the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier on July 13 in preparation for the Pier’s demolition.
  13. Exhibit to highlight Tampa Bay area civil rights struggle

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Minson Rubin recalls signs that forbade and corralled "coloreds."

    Gwen Reese remembers asking her mother with the persistence of a 6-year-old why they couldn't go into a Central Avenue movie theater where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was showing.

    "Because negroes can't go to that theater," her mother answered.

    "But why?" the young Gwen asked, again and again....

    Kress employees close the counter in 1960 during a sit-in in St. Petersburg. Blacks could work there but not dine there.
  14. No clear answer on when Pier can come down

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A construction fence rose at the Pier on Monday, signaling that demolition is imminent, starting with the iconic and controversial inverted pyramid.

    But that work could be weeks, even months away because of what appears to be a misunderstanding about a required federal permit. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says nothing — including planned removal this month of metals and fixtures from the inverted pyramid — can occur without the agency's permission....

    Smith Fence workers Brandon Knight and Chris Tompkins put up barricades Monday on the approach to the Pier.
  15. Long-delayed Pier Park project gets go-ahead from City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The pier, a project that divided families and neighbors and inspired a voter referendum that delayed the project at least two years, is officially under way.

    The City Council on Thursday approved $5.2 million for the project, including contracts with the designers of Pier Park, its construction manager and the firm that will tear down the inverted pyramid that has stood for more than 40 years....

    The Pier Park design will be refined during the next five months, and residents will have a chance to provide comments. Construction is scheduled to start in 2017.