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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. Lawyer says St. Petersburg council could alter pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The latest complication with the pier project hinges on legalities.

    What happens if the City Council balks at authorizing contract negotiations with the recommended top-ranked design team?

    The city's lawyers have said the project would come to a standstill. An inveterate pier watcher says otherwise.

    William Ballard, a retired construction and banking lawyer and former president of Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg, the group that blocked the city's last attempt to give residents a new pier, says the way forward is simple....

    Mayor Kriseman’s committee must rank the three finalists.
  2. Interfaith groups form rotating shelter for homeless families

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several years ago, a local pastor tried to put together an interfaith coalition to offer homeless families temporary shelter at congregational facilities and help them find jobs and permanent housing.

    That attempt to launch a branch of the nationwide Family Promise program, which requires a network of more than a dozen willing congregations, struggled to get off the ground....

    Volunteers John Colbert, left, and Mike Conrow set up a bed at Central Christian Church in St. Petersburg. The church is the first host in the local Family Promise program that will shelter homeless families.
  3. Bay area Armenians heartened by remarks of Pope Francis


    PINELLAS PARK -—When the Tampa Bay Armenian community learned that Pope Francis had labeled the early 20th century slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks a genocide, they were surprised and gratified.

    Adrienne Ekizian had grown up hearing her mother and grandmother tell of being driven from their home in Turkey, suffering hunger and exhaustion, seeing the elderly and children left to die along the way and of soldiers throwing babies in the air and using their bayonets to spear them....

  4. Mayor talks up St. Petersburg Pier process, but council has own ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Facing disillusionment about the process he set in motion almost a year ago to reboot the city's hopes for a new or renovated pier, Mayor Rick Kriseman took his case to the City Council on Thursday.

    Stick with the process, he urged council members. And go with what a volunteer selection committee decides.

    "There are three very good designs," he said. "Each of them has merit."...

  5. St. Petersburg mayor to make pitch for continuing pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman will address the City Council on Thursday about his plan to give the city a new or renovated pier by 2018.

    In recent weeks, his carefully delineated process has appeared to be on the verge of unraveling as a selection committee put off making a decision about which of three ideas would evolve to become the city's latest pier.

    Ben Kirby, the mayor's spokesman, said Kriseman will remind council members of the inclusive process he established, emphasizing the public input that began with the pier working group that established what citizens want at the attraction....

  6. A look at plans and potential problems for a new St. Petersburg pier


    ST. PETERSBURG — In about three weeks, there's likely to be a decision about which one of three pier design team finalists will be recommended for the $46 million project. • In the intervening period, the architects and engineering teams of the Pier Park, Destination St. Pete Pier and Alma concepts must prepare answers for a final round before the six-member committee charged with evaluating and ranking their submissions. • Here's a look at some of what each plan offers, potential problems and where the people who must make a decision about one of the city's most controversial projects are leaning....

    Alma replaces the inverted pyramid with a tower that’s about 150 feet tall.
  7. Passover preparations start with cleaning, purging



    At Rabbi Josh Hearshen's South Tampa home, preparation for Passover began in earnest two weeks ago.

    He helped to scour the kitchen and even used a blowtorch to banish every trace of chametz, the leavened products strictly forbidden during the eight-day festival, which begins at sundown today.

    The dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and scrubbing are all part of the preparation for Passover, celebrated with the seder, or ritual meal, on the first and second nights of what is perhaps the best-known Jewish holiday....

    Rabbi Josh Hearshen, of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa, and wife Carrie get help from their daughter, Ayelet, 6, with making a special family recipe for the seder, the ritual Passover meal. The Jewish holiday begins at sundown today.
  8. Pier design team finalists asked answer questions at April 23 meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The design teams short-listed for the final round in the competition for the city's $46 million pier project now have the questions selection committee members want answered.

    The more than two dozen questions address issues such as safety, transportation, costs, and how the proposed designs fulfill the desires of residents, relate to the city's Downtown Waterfront Master Plan and deal with what hasn't worked at the Pier in the past. There are even queries about the number and location of toilets....

    Michael J. Connors, right, chairman of the St. Petersburg Pier Consultant Selection Committee, addresses public concerns of various pier options March 20 in a marathon meeting at St. Petersburg City Hall. At left is committee member Gary Mitchum and at center is committee member Mike Meidel.  
  9. St. Petersburg Pier committee's final ranking expected after April 23 meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The date has been set for what could be the final meeting of Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee.

    The six-member group will meet at 2 p.m. April 23 to hear answers to specific questions they had for the three design team finalists. The committee also could ask followup questions of the architectural and engineering teams proposing the Pier Park, Destination St. Pete Pier and Alma designs....

  10. 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....

  11. 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....

  12. 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....

    Destination St. Pete Pier would update the original inverted pyramid. It’s the design of a hometown team.
  13. 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]
  14. Local Presbyterians narrowly vote in support of gay marriage


    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]
  15. Former China Catholic missionary leads pre-Holy Week retreat


    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.