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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. Opposition gathers as Pier Park preps for crucial first step

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members are considering about $5 million in contracts this week for the first phase of Pier Park, St. Petersburg's new waterfront landmark.

    Council members could vote Thursday on an architectural and engineering services agreement with the designers of the new pier. They'll consider a second agreement with the project's construction manager and a third to demolish the shuttered 1973 inverted pyramid that has symbolized the city's pier tradition for more than 40 years....

  2. St. Petersburg doctor's founders' monuments now mobile after land sale

    Human Interest

    If you've missed David McKalip's Founders Corner monuments with their display of the Ten Commandments and other sayings that stood at Fourth Street and 62nd Avenue N, never fear.

    McKalip, a neurosurgeon and well-known political and religious conservative, will bring them to you. Having sold the property on which the four 6-foot-tall granite and limestone structures stood for a little more than three years, McKalip is now is carting them around on a 16-foot trailer....

    In this photo from 2011, Todd King, an installer with Oakhurst Signs, levels one the slabs before the concrete is poured. Neurosurgeon David McKalip is responsible for the patriotic monument, which is located on a vacant lot he owns next to McKalip's office and includes passages from the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Emancipation Proclamation. [CHRIS ZUPPA  |  Times]
  3. As St. Pete Pride interfaith service nears, some religious groups stay away

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first interfaith service ever for the St. Pete Pride celebration is planned for Saturday.

    But with one day to go, organizers still don't know how many worshipers to expect when the doors open at Trinity Lutheran Church. So far, there's no indication any Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha'i or other non-Christian groups will participate in a religious service affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities....

    The Rev. Paul Gibson says the most important thing for him is for people to hear God’s message.
  4. St. Petersburg spiffs up South Straub Park

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Wondering what's up with all the barricades, orange tape and dirt at South Straub Park in recent days? The popular 7.3-acre waterfront park is getting a facelift in the form of approximately 88,000 square feet of sod, parks and recreation director Michael Jefferis said.

    "We do this all the time," he said, adding that parks throughout the city are on a cycle of sod replacement as areas become worn....

  5. Hoping to restore St. Petersburg's Williams Park, one food truck at a time

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Once a spot for croquet and presidential speeches, Williams Park has lost its luster.

    It's a regular hangout for Charlie White, 55, who sat on a park bench one morning, a "buck-and-a-quarter" Styrofoam cup of coffee in one hand and a Remington cigar in the other. When it rains, he takes cover under the steps of the park's award-winning band shell.

    Elaine Savastano, 56, is also homeless. She sat alone, wearing a winter coat on a humid day. She said she's been living in the park for two weeks....

    Charlie Barton takes part in the Celebrate Outreach program offering free art instruction in Williams Park.
  6. Windfall of $20 million proposed to link Pier Park to booming downtown

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the City Council prepares to vote on a contract to build the new pier, Mayor Rick Kriseman is proposing $20 million to link the waterfront landmark to a thriving downtown.

    A major part of the effort to tie Pier Park to the uplands would be the creation of pedestrian walkways along Second Avenue NE, the gateway to the attraction.

    "That entire street will be reworked to make it more pedestrian friendly, making the entrance to the pier an inviting and welcoming experience," said Chris Ballestra, the city's managing director of development coordination....

  7. Imam talks about being black and Muslim in America

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — Amid concerns about the Islamic State and its recruitment of young people in the United States, Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil, a leader in St. Petersburg's Muslim community and interfaith circles, acknowledges the challenges of being a Muslim in America.

    Aquil, 68, is African-American, as well. The St. Petersburg native, who grew up attending the historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 912 Third Ave. N, and whose wife is Christian, converted to Islam in 1971....

  8. Storyteller recalls involvement in civil rights movement

    Human Interest

    Talk to professional storyteller and retired social studies teacher Jim Gregory and he'll tell you about his experiences as a young white man who accidentally got involved in the civil rights movement.

    Gregory, 75, who once taught in Tampa and now lives in Miami, will recall tooling around the South in a converted school bus on a mission to take used school books to African-American children who had few of their own. ...

    Jim Gregory will speak on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cathedral Church of 
St. Peter.
  9. BridgePoint Church's vibe resonates with millennials

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    In control rooms loaded with gadgets, techies switch between camera angles showing a preacher sporting jeans and an untucked shirt with the sleeves rolled up. • A praise and worship band had set the tone. • Welcome to BridgePoint Church — where they like it evangelical, conservative and hip.

    Four Sunday services can draw as many as 2,500 worshipers, the vast majority of whom are young. The church hopes to expand across Pinellas County, dotting the area with 10 satellite centers over the next decade that will tap into live feeds of the pastor's message from the main campus. St. Petersburg's hip downtown could be the first....

    Lead pastor Tim Whipple gives a message at BridgePoint. “We are very careful and very intentional about what we do,” he said. “We believe that Jesus Christ is attractive, so the way we present him should be attractive, as well.”
  10. Hope for Gulfport's historic African-American cemetery

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — The neglected Lincoln Cemetery, where African-Americans including Civil War and other military veterans are buried, may soon benefit from more than sporadic attention.

    Intermittent outrage about its upkeep has brought temporary remedies over the years, but a St. Petersburg pastor is now offering what he and others hope will be a long-term solution for the historic Gulfport cemetery....

    The Rev. Clarence Williams says an accord is in the works.
  11. Additional money may enhance area near new St. Petersburg pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has said that the budget for the new pier is firm, but a financial windfall or two may change that.

    Of the $50 million originally budgeted for the project, about $4.5 million has already been spent, intensifying the challenge to conjure up amenities that residents have said will hold their interest in the downtown fixture.

    The announcement of a $632,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, to be supplemented with $300,000 from the city, boosts the strained budget. The money will be used for transient docks south of the pier's Pelican parking lot, near the breakwater....

     New St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman smiles as he greets the crowd outside of St. Petersburg City Hall, Thursday, January 2, 2014 after he was sworn in.
  12. Vote for Pier Park is start of long process before St. Pete gets a new waterfront landmark

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The journey toward the city's next pier may have reached an important juncture, but much lies ahead before celebrations can be contemplated for a projected spring 2018 grand opening.

    Contracts must be negotiated and signed, designs have to be refined, permits must be gotten from federal, state and county agencies, and an old pier has to be demolished.

    And amid the jubilation of finally selecting a plan to carry on the city's waterfront tradition, detractors are threatening to derail the process with a referendum for voter input on changes to the downtown waterfront, including the pier....

  13. City Council okays Pier Park plan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After years of infighting and false starts, St. Petersburg is preparing to build a new pier to carry on a tradition that goes back for more than a century.

    City Council members voted Thursday to authorize contract negotiations with the designers of Pier Park, a concept that will pay little homage to the inverted pyramid that has stood since 1973 and still engenders deep passion among some residents....

    Pier Park — with its floating docks, “coastal thicket’’ and other features — would be scheduled to open in 2018.
  14. Dead and disappearing ducks concern St. Petersburg man

    Wildlife

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mike Price has lived near Lake Pasadena all his life, accustomed to ducks lazing on the water, waddling along nearby streets and wandering into neighborhood yards.

    Then they started dying, their carcasses floating on the lake with the tiny island in the middle, where egrets and other birds returned to rest in the evenings.

    Price, 44, the owner of a martial arts business, became alarmed when he saw what was happening at the lake in his Eagle Crest neighborhood....

    Mike Price of St. Petersburg holds one of two baby Muscovy ducks he is keeping in a pen in his yard. Ducks have died in large numbers in his Eagle Crest neighborhood, in Lake Pasadena, and some in Lake Disston.
  15. Skyway memorial dedication set for Saturday

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thirty-five years to the day since the horrific accident that sent 35 people plummeting to their deaths from the Sunshine Skyway, a monument is to be dedicated to their memory.

    Saturday's ceremony will take place at a point overlooking the shipping channel through which the freighter Summit Venture was traveling when it struck a support column, collapsing the center section of the bridge's southbound span....

    Kris Dianic, 83, left, and his son, Ed Dianic, 56, look at the Skyway disaster memorial at the rest area on the north end the Sunshine Skyway on Tuesday.