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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. Are the victims always to blame in St. Petersburg auto thefts?

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Last year, police Chief Tony Holloway launched a campaign to get residents to lock their cars and take their keys, purses and other valuables with them.

    He took his crusade to a gathering of neighborhood leaders.

    "This past week, 25 cars stolen," he said in November. "How many keys do you think were in those cars? Twenty-four."

    On Jan. 20, the chief reiterated his message in Childs Park....

  2. Redeveloper of St. Petersburg's former downtown YMCA envisions sweeping changes

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Restoration of downtown's historic former YMCA is barely under way, but its new owner is already talking about plans for a multistory annex.

    South Florida developer Nick Ekonomou, whose purchase of the boarded-up, Mediterranean Revival-style building became official in November, said he will erect a nine-story luxury rental apartment complex and garage behind the building at 116 Fifth St. S. ...

     The basement area of the historic 1926 downtown St. Petersburg YMCA will be turned into a workout area and gym. The area is next to the original pool which will also be renovated according the the buildings owner Nick Ekonomou.
  3. Why a painting of white sunbathers still haunts St. Petersburg's City Hall

    Blog

    In 1966, a young African-American activist marched into City Hall and ripped away a mural that showed black troubadours playing for white sunbathers. He served two years in prison for the incident. 

    This week, that man, Omali Yeshitela, now 74, is no less angry. ...

    The late George Snow Hill described his work as a typical beach scene: "It was quite common to see families picnicking on weekends under the thatched roof shelters while roving musicians stopped to entertain. The picnickers enjoyed the music and showed their appreciation by giving money to the entertainers," Hill said.
  4. Crime magnet or last resort: Mosley Motel fends off foreclosure, criticism

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The Mosley Motel, the billboard says, is Where class meets economy.

    In the lobby, where coffee is free for Mosley guests and 50 cents for everyone else, a woman with a young child sifts through a rack of donated clothing. She leaves with two pairs of pants.

    Mosley manager Al Kadury says the average stay is two to three years, but some guests have been here as long as 10 years. The motel's 110 rooms hold between 350 to 400 people, among them are the elderly, handicapped, mothers, fathers and more than 100 children....

    Lawrence E. Pratt IV, 3, son of Mary Bell, 40, is one of the children living at the Mosley Motel in St. Petersburg. Residents could be affected by foreclosure and bankruptcy issues at the motel.
  5. Night crews on $83 million Gandy project too loud for some residents

    Roads

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Cody Wheeler has bought ear plugs.

    His bedroom overlooks the $83 million Gandy Boulevard construction project that will continue for at least another year. Recently the noise became more than a daytime annoyance.

    "I've lost sleep," said Wheeler, 30. "We deal with it during business hours, but it got to be an issue when they did it all night. We weren't given any notice....

    Crews on the Gandy Boulevard project have cleared trees from an area designated for environmental preservation to make way for pond and road construction. The clearing was within the right-of-way and the permitted wetland impact areas, the FDOT says.
  6. Troubled Mosley Motel stops foreclosure sale by filing for bankruptcy

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — This Friday's foreclosure auction of the much-maligned Mosley Motel has been canceled because its owners have filed for bankruptcy.

    A nuisance for some of its Historic Kenwood neighbors, the Mosley has racked up more than $40,000 in city fines. Residents had hoped a new owner would improve the property.

    Theresa Pulley Radwan, professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, said Monday's bankruptcy filing imposes an "automatic stay," or delay, on any type of action against the Mosley or other property it currently owns....

  7. Nuisance property Mosley Motel heads for Friday auction

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Mosley Motel, which neighbors have complained about for years, is set for a court house auction Friday.

    The motel at 401 34th St. N is facing a final judgment in foreclosure proceedings. According to court documents, HSBC Bank is owed over $6 million, including court costs.

    Historic Kenwood president Brenda Gordon said she would welcome the sale and redevelopment of the property on the edge of the neighborhood known for its craftsman bungalows....

  8. Completion of Pier demolition slowed because of safety concerns

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Construction of the city's new Pier District may be months away, but at least one prerequisite is behind schedule.

    Demolition of the old Pier, its deck and bridge had been scheduled to be completed by February, but that won't happen. The new date is late summer.

    Michael Ryle, the city's assistant engineering director, said safety concerns caused the delay.

    "The concrete structure of the pier consists of multiple layers of different types of materials added and reconstructed over the years, which does not always provide a stable work surface," he said in an email Thursday. "As a result, in order to maintain worker safety, the demolition has proceeded at a slower pace than originally anticipated by the contractor."...

  9. Shrugging off critics of his antigay views, Bryant tells MLK crowd to 'love your enemies'

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant moved his audience Monday as if he were delivering one of his sermons at his Baltimore church.

    Throughout his speech as keynote speaker of the 30th annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast, audience members called out in agreement, stood and cheered, and waved their hands in praise.

    Yet, as popular as his words were with an overflow crowd of 1,200 at the city's historic Coliseum, his presence was problematic for a day meant to signify unity....

    "The Kings Dream Unite," mural by St. Petersburg artist Ya La'Ford  was debuted Monday with the help of MYcroSchool Pinellas high school students and volunteers at the historic Manhattan Casino building in St. Petersburg. The project was made possible by a service award from the MLK Day of Service Project. "The mural can be seen as a coming together of the community," said artist Ya La'ford. "A notion of infinity; all of us together in this life." MYcroSchool Pinellas is a tuition-free, dropout recovery, public charter high school serving students ages 16 - 21 who have faced barriers in traditional education. It serves approximately 275 students. [SCOTT KEELER    |  Times]
  10. Criticized for antigay views, keynote speaker at MLK event finds support among local pastors

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a racially integrated and harmonious nation will clash with real-world prejudices Monday at the Coliseum during an annual breakfast meant to honor the civil rights leader.

    The 30th MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast's keynote speaker will be the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, whose antigay views threaten to undermine the spirit of the interfaith, multiracial gathering....

    The Rev. Jamal Bryant won’t receive the key to St. Petersburg.
  11. Three firms present vision for managing Pier District

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The decision about who will manage the city's vision for its planned $66 million Pier District appears to be between two firms with global reach, though a small local start-up has drawn attention for its ideas.

    The three companies made their pitches Tuesday to a committee of city staff and private citizens that will send its evaluations to Mayor Rick Kriseman.

    Colliers International, a commercial real estate services firm that counts John's Pass Marina at Madeira Beach among its clients, may have the edge. It's competing against Spectra Venue Management, a Philadelphia business whose parent company is Comcast NBCUniversal. Skyway One, a fledging enterprise that touted its St. Petersburg connections, won admiration, but some on the evaluation committee questioned its experience, financial backing and staff size....

  12. St. Petersburg's NAACP president seeks wider outreach in community

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Maria L. Scruggs, newly sworn in to lead the local NAACP branch, wants to shift the traditional focus away from its president to where the "real" work happens.

    "It is important for people to see the NAACP as more than one person," she said, adding that she also wants to get back to the organization's core mission of advocating for social justice.

    Scruggs, 58, is a St. Petersburg native and Florida State University graduate with a 1,500-mile weekly commute to her job as manager of pretrial services for the Orange County Community Corrections Division....

    Maria L. Scruggs, St. Petersburg NAACP branch president. Photo courtesy Maria L. Scruggs
  13. Hanukkah shines a light in the darkness

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG —Tonight Hanukkah lights will appear in windows, on dining tables and in front of synagogues and temples.

    The Jewish Festival of Lights, which lasts eight days, is a time for traditional Hanukkah foods, songs and games.

    But Hanukkah also embodies themes of freedom, identity, survival and rededication, each rooted in the ancient account of a small group of Jewish fighters and their inexplicable defeat of their oppressors....

    Adam Rankin, 8, gives his Lego dreidel a test spin at Temple Beth-El’s Family Hanukkah Lego Challenge on Friday.
  14. Noise complaints force Ferg's to end outdoor concerts

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mark Ferguson said he's scrapping a new concert series at Ferg's, his popular sports bar across from Tropicana Field, because of noise complaints.

    "We don't want the hassle," Ferguson said Friday, which was also his 59th birthday. "We don't want people mad at us."

    A lawyer for Fusion, the apartments next door to Ferg's, alerted him Thursday that his neighbors were unhappy with the noise from the large outdoor concerts on his property....

  15. Noise complaints force Ferg's to end outdoor concerts

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mark Ferguson said he's scrapping a new concert series at Ferg's, his popular sports bar across from Tropicana Field, because of noise complaints.

    "We don't want the hassle," Ferguson announced Friday, which was also his 59th birthday. "We don't want people mad at us."

    A lawyer for Fusion, the apartments next door to Ferg's, alerted him Thursday that his neighbors were unhappy with the noise from the large outdoor concerts on his property....