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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


  1. Bishop Robert Nugent Lynch, at retirement, reflects on church scandals, lessons learned


    ST. PETERSBURG — Bishop Robert Nugent Lynch stood under the dome of the cavernous cathedral he rebuilt and looked out at the faces of priests he had ordained over the years. The sun was setting; the sky changed color through the glass walls he had commissioned. If ever there was a physical apex of his legacy in his last year at the helm of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, this was it.

    It had been 20 years to this day, Jan. 26, that he lay prostrate at this altar at St. Jude the Apostle, inheriting a flock of more than 325,000 Roman Catholics in five counties stretching north to Citrus. That day, in 1996, he thought he knew what this job would bring....

    Bishop-elect Robert Lynch lies prostrate in front of the altar and the congregation kneels during his installation as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Jan. 26, 1996.
  2. Gregory Parkes, new bishop of Diocese of St. Petersburg, heard call to priesthood at Tampa's Christ the King



    Tampa Bay's almost half-million Roman Catholics have a new leader.

    Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, 52, head of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese, and a former Tampa banker, will succeed Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who has led the Diocese of St. Petersburg for almost 21 years.

    Parkes will be installed the fifth bishop of the diocese, which serves Catholics in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties, on Jan. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle....

    St. Petersburg's Bishop Robert Lynch holds his last priest ordination ceremony before retiring this year. Bishop Lynch is photographed at Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle before the start of the ceremony greeting priests from around the region. [Saturday, May 21, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. St. Petersburg's Skyway Marina District to get $70 million mixed-use project

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — Years after a popular gay resort closed and its property was sold to Home Depot, the empty, weed-strewn site is about to be developed.

    Phillips Development & Realty, which expects to close on the parcel in December, has unveiled plans for a $70 million mixed-use project that will include 300 apartments and about 15,000 to 25,000 square feet of retail space, including a restaurant....

    The project has brought another burst of good news to the fledgling Skyway Marina District, which has seen slow but steady progress toward its goal of redeveloping the area adjacent to waterfront neighborhoods and near Eckerd College and southern Pinellas County beach communities. CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  4. Amid St. Petersburg's building boom, the old downtown YMCA resists any progress

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — As new, modern structures have risen into the city skyline around it, the historic YMCA building remains empty and derelict, stubbornly resisting any attempts to join St. Petersburg's reborn downtown.

    Its newest owner, South Florida developer Nick Ekonomou, said he still plans to transform the site at 116 Fifth St. S into a boutique hotel and event venue.

    Work began early this year, but after an initial burst of activity it has come to a standstill. The barrel tile roof, being rebuilt mostly with original tiles, hasn't been touched since March....

    Developer Nick Ekonomou says he had to seek out a new contractor for the downtown St. Petersburg project.
  5. St. Petersburg continues to tweak Pier District budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council has agreed to amend its deal with the architects of the over-water portion of the Pier project. The amendment adds $120,000 to the $4.4 million contract.

    City architect Raul Quintana told council members the change was necessary because the architects, ASD of Tampa and Rogers Partners Architects of New York, must redesign the section adjoining the $20 million pier approach....

  6. The home of the $7 all-you-can-eat pasta supper is at stake as the Sons of Italy sue St. Petersburg lodge

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who knew that inside the nondescript building offering $7 all-you-can-eat pasta suppers a mutiny was brewing?

    The Grand Lodge of Florida, Order Sons of Italy in America has had enough. The statewide organization has filed a lawsuit against the spaghetti-dinner stalwarts on 34th Street S, the Sons of Italy of St. Petersburg.

    The disagreement apparently started two years ago, when the local group, whose Monday pasta offerings beckon passers-by, severed its ties with the Grand Lodge of Florida and consequently, the national "Supreme Lodge."...

    The Grand Lodge of Florida, Order Sons of Italy in America has filed a lawsuit against the spaghetti-dinner stalwarts on 34th Street S, the Sons of Italy of St. Petersburg.
  7. Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters wins District 69 seat in Florida House

    State Roundup

    Republican Kathleen Peters has won a third term to the Florida House of Representatives.

    Peters, 55, beat out Democrat Jennifer Webb, a first-time candidate, for the District 69 seat, which covers south Pinellas beaches, South Pasadena, Gulfport and northwest St. Petersburg.

    "I feel great," Peters said. "I have a great team here that has worked so hard to really get the word out about what a hard worker I am and my team is. I look forward to continuing the fight for people who don't have a voice."...

    Republican Kathleen Peters was re-elected to Florida House District 69 on Tuesday night. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  8. St. Petersburg exhibit tells the stories of African-Americans who fought to fight in World War II

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG —The history of African-Americans in World War II is often told through the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, intrepid pilots like Benjamin O. Davis Jr., who became the first black general in the Air Force.

    But there were also those like Vernon Baker, whose initial efforts to enlist to fight for his country were dismissed with the words: "We ain't got no quotas for you people." The Army lieutenant went on to receive the Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor....

    John T. Ayers, 93, of St. Petersburg fought with the Mont?ford Point Marines during World War II. He spoke of dealing with prejudice.
  9. House 69 candidates differ on mental health needs, fracking and other issues


    ST. PETERSBURG — In some ways, the candidates running for Florida House District 69 are a study in contrasts.

    Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters is at ease with her stump speech, amiably engaging audiences of familiar faces and seemingly oblivious to the woman who aims to supplant her.

    Political newcomer Jennifer Webb, the Democrat, is earnest and studied, less at ease and more likely to take shots at her opponent....

    Jennifer Webb says she hears concerns for environment.
  10. Tampa Bay's Catholics assess Vatican's new instructions on cremation


    ST. PETERSBURG — More than 50 years ago, Catholics were given permission to cremate their loved ones. Now the Vatican has issued new instructions governing the practice.

    Ashes are not to be scattered or kept at home, according to the Vatican's new decree, but buried or deposited in a consecrated place.

    The instructions "regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in case of cremation" appeared Tuesday on the Vatican's website and were issued by its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith....

  11. Plaza seen as the 'heart and soul' of St. Petersburg's Pier District

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A large waterfront plaza has emerged as the centerpiece of the 25-acre Pier project planned for downtown, acting as a gathering spot that would serve as the city's "living room."

    It's "the heart and soul of the whole project," city architect Raul Quintana said Wednesday, addressing a committee that will decide what kind of public art should grace the $66 million Pier District....

     A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from over Tampa Bay looking west. The area in the center foreground, at the base of the old pier, is where officials envision a plaza that would be 'the heart and soul' of the planned Pier District.
  12. State House | District 69


    Incumbent Kathleen Peters, a Republican, was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 and has held the seat since. She is facing a challenge from a first-time political candidate in Democrat Jennifer Webb.

    About the job: State House District 69 includes Gulfport, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and parts of St. Petersburg. State representatives serve two-year terms and earn $29,697 a year....

    Kathleen Peters, candidate for State Rep., District 69.
  13. After eviction, Mosley residents find new 34th Street motels to call home

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Ashley Stahl and her family cut it close the morning that deputies arrived to evict the last residents from the derelict Mosley Motel.

    They made it out on that Oct. 3 day before the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office threatened to move them out. But the family didn't go far — they simply drove their packed minivan to another motel down the street.

    That's because closing the Mosley — a longtime home for poor families and the elderly, but also a magnet for crime — does not solve the larger socioeconomic problems of the 34th Street corridor....

    The Mosley Motel in St. Petersburg was closed Oct. 3 after dozens of residents moved out before deputies evicted them. [MELISSA LYTTLE, Times]
  14. Politics of forgiveness a topic for Yom Kippur in Tampa Bay area


    ST. PETERSBURG — Joseph Bensmihen, a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, managed to discover a spiritual moment during Sunday night's contentious presidential debate.

    The recognition came in the context of Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar, which begins today at sundown and marks the culmination of a solemn 10-day period of introspection, renewal, repentance and forgiveness....

  15. Shocker: Jeff Brandes wins re-election after "opponent" drops out


    On Sunday, Alexander Johnson wrote a one-sentence letter to the Florida Division of Elections. It said that he was withdrawing from the District 24 state senate race.

    His isn't a household name. Johnson, 23, was a write-in candidate for the seat held by incumbent Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. With no other opposition, that means Brandes cruises to an easy and predicted victory....