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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. Pier's inverted pyramid could inspire another referendum battle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The man who launched the first volley against a decision to demolish the city's unique inverted-pyramid pier almost five years ago is preparing another salvo.

    This time, Tom Lambdon, who lives in Safety Harbor, has set his sights on the St. Petersburg municipal charter. His aim, he says, is to further protect the city's cherished downtown waterfront by requiring a public vote on demolition — including the inverted pyramid and Al Lang Stadium — and development on the uplands....

  2. Dismay simmers as St. Petersburg pier process stumbles

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Days after a group charged with recommending the top design for a new or renovated pier failed to make a decision, discontent about what to do about the waterfront landmark seemed to be stirring again.

    "If what I'm reading on social media is accurate, it sounds as though there is going to be a backlash," St. Petersburg City Council member Charlie Gerdes said.

    His colleague Wengay Newton called it deja vu, referring to the months of debate over whether, and how, to replace the 1973 inverted pyramid that culminated in a referendum in which the public rejected a proposed ultra-modern design....

  3. City panel fails to pick top pier design team

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There's no telling whether the projected grand opening of St. Petersburg's Pier, scheduled for spring 2018 will happen on time, given a major setback in the process Friday.

    After a 12-hour meeting, Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee adjourned after failing to pick a preliminary design for the $46 million project. The sticking point came with the need to rank the top three concepts and when it became apparent that hometown favorite, Destination St. Pete Pier, was not going to be the top choice....

    Alma employs a central tower instead of the inverted pyramid. It is the top choice of committee chairman Michael Connors.
  4. St. Pete pier finalists to be picked Friday

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Exactly what shape will define the city's downtown waterfront for decades to come could be decided today, as a citizens' committee selects which pier design the city should pursue.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee will evaluate and rank no fewer than three of the seven design teams at a morning meeting in the City Council chambers. The ranking is in keeping with state law....

    Alma replaces the inverted pyramid with a tower. [Alfonso Architects]
  5. Local Presbyterians narrowly vote in support of gay marriage

    Religion

    They gathered in Clearwater one rainy Saturday, almost 200 local Presbyterian leaders, to vote on issues affecting the national church. One item had the potential to be contentious, so the moderator laid out ground rules to stave off verbal fisticuffs.

    When it was over, ministers and elders voted, 108 to 94, to ratify a constitutional amendment to allow gay marriage in the Presbyterian Church (USA)....

    Gary Lyon, left, of Leechburg, Pa., and Bill Samford, of Hawley, Pa., celebrate after a vote allowing Presbyterian pastors discretion in marrying same-sex couples in 2014 in Detroit. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a "commitment between two people," becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation. [AP photo]
  6. Former China Catholic missionary leads pre-Holy Week retreat

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — With Holy Week just a few days away, parishioners at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church plan to prepare for the most sacred period of the Lenten season with the help of a visiting Franciscan priest whose resume includes more than a decade in China working as a missionary, English teacher and corporate executive.

    Father Albert Haase, 59, now preaches around the United States, primarily to members of his Roman Catholic faith, but also to other Christians. In St. Petersburg, he will preach at this weekend's masses at St. Mary's and at evening prayer services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday....

    Father Albert Haase is a former China Catholic missionary.
  7. Farmworkers bring fair food celebration, protest to St. Petersburg

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — They plan to arrive by the hundreds, by bus, car, truck and plane, to wave placards and carry banners in support of Florida's farmworkers.

    They will parade from Midtown, home to some of St. Petersburg's most deprived neighborhoods, and end at Vinoy Park, on the city's pristine, affluent downtown waterfront. Along the way, they plan strategic stops of protest at a Wendy's and Publix....

  8. St. Petersburg pier survey results released (w/ video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A local team that would "reimagine" the inverted pyramid has captured the most votes in a nonbinding poll that sought to determine which of seven proposed pier designs St. Petersburg residents like most.

    Neither of the two runners-up, though, plan to use the pyramid.

    Destination St. Pete Pier, the people's favorite in the unscientific survey, will reprise the original inverted pyramid — added on to in the 1980s — but update the unusual structure and surround it with multilevel decks....

    Destination St. Pete Pier would preserve the current inverted pyramid but update the structure and build decks around it.
  9. Pier survey's value to be determined

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For weeks, the city nudged residents to complete an online survey to choose up to three of seven pier proposals they like best.

    Hours before Friday's midnight deadline, city officials declined to say how many of St. Petersburg's 229,780 residents eligible to do so had participated in the nonbinding poll. But figures released earlier in the week indicated that only a tiny fraction had done so....

    Prospect Pier was one of the choices available to St. Petersburg residents in a nonbinding referendum on a new pier.
  10. Former St. Petersburg Episcopal priest says 'Thank God for marijuana' (w/video)

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — The bishop was not amused.

    Not with the video of one of his priests — complete with clerical collar — advocating gratitude for marijuana.

    "Now, thanking God for weed might feel a little awkward at first," says the Rev. Chris Schuller — a former rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in the Snell Isle neighborhood — in the short video that's punctuated with the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley....

    The Rev. Chris Schuller was once spiritual leader at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg.
  11. Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Mahaffey Theater in January, one of the sponsors of the gathering, which drew more than 1,200 people, was the St. Pete Design Group.

    The group, whose banner hung from a theater balcony, is one of seven design teams vying for the city's $46 million pier project.

    Some cried foul, saying the publicity has given the team an unfair advantage....

    Destination St. Pete Pier has been endorsed by Ed Montanari, chairman of the chamber of commerce’s pier task force. 
  12. Celebrating Tuskegee Airman Willie Rogers, who is turning 100 (w/video)

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Days before his 100th birthday, Willie N. Rogers spoke with reverence about Eleanor Roosevelt and her sense of racial justice. He mentioned what he said was a prevailing sentiment of the time, that black people were incapable of understanding complex machines, much less fly a plane.

    Sitting in his wheelchair, he reminisced against a backdrop of family photographs, a People magazine cover of America's first black president and a younger version of himself in military uniform bearing a Tuskegee Airmen insignia....

    As a Tuskegee Airman, Willie Rogers worked in logistics and administration.
  13. Long road ahead as Gandy Boulevard commuters await improvement

    Roads

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rev. Philip Lilly expects there will be a certain amount of disruption for his congregation as the yearslong, $83 million Gandy Boulevard project proceeds.

    "But I think, in the end, it will facilitate better traffic flow," he said.

    Lilly is executive pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, a sprawling landmark on the hurricane evacuation route traveled by an average of 43,000 vehicles a day....

    Traffic backs up on Gandy Boulevard, just east of Roosevelt Boulevard. The project will cause lane closures — mainly between 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. — and detours.
  14. Glitch in St. Pete pier survey fixed again

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after hundreds of residents had voted on seven proposals for a new St. Petersburg pier, erroneous information remained on one of the options on the survey. The misinformation also took the form of an outdated picture when the survey was shared on social media.

    At issue is a "spectacular waterfall" that designers of the Destination St. Pete Pier initially included in their submission for the pier competition. The waterfall, however, can't be built within the $33 million city construction budget and, as with other budget-busting elements in the six other concepts, was supposed to be removed from the survey's description. ...

    rePier [Ross Barney Architects via City of St. Petersburg]
  15. Nonbinding vote of St. Petersburg pier designs starts Monday

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Residents will soon get their chance to weigh in on the city's next pier. But there's no guarantee their preference will be the winning design.

    The "help pick your new pier" poll will be available online and at select locations, including all the city's public libraries, starting Monday and continuing through March 6. Respondents will be asked to rank up to three choices from the seven competing concepts. ...

    The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg, shown in July 2012, will be replaced by one of seven competing designs. The Pier Selection Committee will announce at least three top choices, ranked in order of preference, on March 20.