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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. Kriseman remains bullish on pier project despite costs and critics

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman, who has declared the long-delayed pier project will proceed in its entirety despite calls to scale it back, said Tuesday that time is a factor in his decision.

    If the city doesn't build the over-water portion of the 26-acre Pier District now — as some have advocated — it could be difficult to do so later, he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board....

    Mayor Rick Kriseman gives his 2015 "State of the St. Petersburg" Economy address in the grand ballroom of the USF St. Petersburg Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.
  2. St. Petersburg Housing Authority's purchase of Jordan Park is imminent


    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority is close to buying back Jordan Park — a public housing complex it once owned — without having to pay a penny, except for closing costs.

    The agency had hoped to close on the 24-acre property last fall, but now says it could sign a purchase agreement any day now. The closing is pending approval from both the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Florida Housing Finance Corp....

    (left to right) Janae Bell, 13 gets help putting mulch into a bucket from her little sister Lauren Everette, 3, at the Jordan Park Apartments in St. Petersburg on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Leadership Florida volunteers partnered with other organizations including the Pinellas County Urban League and St. Petersburg Housing Authority for a revitalization project of the apartment complex. The volunteers picked up trash, pulled weeds and installed new mulch along plant bed areas.
  3. Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg installs Bishop Gregory Parkes in grand ceremony



    The installation of Bishop Gregory L. Parkes as head of Tampa Bay's Roman Catholics on Wednesday was steeped in liturgical splendor and symbolism.

    There was the moment when he took possession of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, the 6-foot, 8-inch bishop knocking on the closed door he had to stoop to enter, kissing an offered crucifix and sprinkling himself and those around him with holy water....

    Bishop Gregory Parkes, left, greets Monsignor Robert Gibbons of St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg during the bishop's installation Wednesday. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes to be installed as spiritual leader of Tampa Bay's Catholics


    ST. PETERSBURG — Roman Catholics in the Tampa Bay area will get a new shepherd on Wednesday.

    Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, 52, is set to be installed as the fifth bishop of the St. Petersburg Diocese during a 2 p.m. service at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

    Parkes will succeed Bishop Robert Nugent Lynch, 75, who is retiring after almost 21 years as head of the diocese which spans Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties....

    Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, 52, will be installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg at 2 p.m. Wednesday. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Bishop Gregory Parkes prepares to lead Tampa Bay's 500,000 Catholics


    ST. PETERSBURG — Roman Catholics shouldn't be surprised if they run into their new spiritual leader snagging buy-one-get-one deals at the grocery store.

    Bishop Gregory L. Parkes will probably be wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

    The 52-year-old does his own shopping and cooking. Pasta, grilling and slow-cooked meals are his specialty. He does his own laundry, too.

    His mother taught him and his two brothers to be independent....

    Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, left, with Bishop Robert Lynch at the Diocese of St. Petersburg's Pastoral Center, 6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

  6. Why it could cost $35 million to cancel St. Petersburg's Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walter McCanless doesn't want the city to build the Pier and is mulling a petition drive to stop the project. He said the cost of replacing the waterfront landmark — it's currently $66 million, but the mayor wants to spend even more — is too high.

    The city could spend the money on other problems, he said, like fixing its failing sewer system.

    "I just feel like it's a waste of money and I think the city of St. Petersburg has evolved beyond the Pier," said McCanless, 79, who has lived in St. Petersburg since 1954....

    This is a view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from over Tampa Bay looking west. The area where the St. Petersburg Pier used to be can be seen at center. Mayor Rick Kriseman has heard suggestions that money earmarked for the new Pier should be used elsewhere. If the city were to halt the project, he has declared, St. Petersburg would forfeit $35 million “to not have a Pier.”
  7. Code violations continue to plague historic former YMCA


    ST. PETERSBURG — The historic former YMCA is getting even more bedraggled.

    Vandals repeatedly deface its exterior walls with graffiti. Beer bottles and cans litter inground street planters and many windows have broken panes.

    The city has cited the long-shuttered former Y, seemingly forgotten amid a sea of downtown construction projects, for graffiti, overgrowth and debris, an expired roof permit and disrepair of its walls, paint and windows....

    Owner Nick Ekonomou is frustrated with vandalism at the YMCA building.
  8. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wants another $14 million from Pinellas to perfect the now $80 million Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman wants Pinellas County to shift another $14 million toward helping St. Petersburg finish the increasingly expensive Pier District.

    The city has not yet made a formal request to the county, which last year dedicated another $20 million to the then-$46 million project, bringing the current budget to $66 million. Kriseman wants to spend up to $80 million to perfect the Pier, and the mayor has been talking to Pinellas County commissioners and St. Petersburg City Council members about his idea. But some are already pushing back against it....

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wants Pinellas County to dedicate up to $14 million toward the waterfront Pier District project, which would increase the price tag to a maximum of $80 million. [Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and ASD]
  9. Mayor Rick Kriseman reveals more details about $80 million Pier District, but council's not convinced

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council was supposed to get an update on the Pier District plan early Thursday morning. What they got instead was another debate about the growing cost of replacing the city's waterfront icon.

    The presentation given to the council included architectural renderings depicting an $80 million Pier District — not the currently budgeted $66 million project....

    One of the enhancements proposed for the new pier would be a water recreation zone, kayak storage, floating dock and viewing deck. The cost would be $3.4 million.
  10. 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....

  11. Court fights continue as eviction looms for Mosley Motel residents

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As residents at the Mosley Motel anxiously hunt for new homes before a fast-approaching eviction deadline, a series of legal maneuvers threatens to distract them.

    First, more than five dozen residents have filed a suit against the motel's new owners, Altis Cardinal LLC, asking a judge to stay their Sept. 16 evictions. Their suit, to be heard at 9:15 a.m. today before Pinellas County Judge Lorraine Kelly, seeks more time to find "adequate, affordable housing" — something social workers say is in scarce supply....

    The Mosley Motel is set to be shut down on Sept. 16. That has left residents — families with young children, the elderly and the ill — scrambling to find new homes. As the deadline looms, several court fights are about to play out that could affect those evictions. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] 
  12. Latest Pier delay: Demolition of old Pier is seven months behind schedule

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A year ago, heavy equipment began chomping away at the city's famous inverted pyramid.

    But just like all of the city's protracted and controversial efforts to replace the iconic Pier, demolition has not gone as planned.

    The old pyramid, its deck and the pier approach bridge into the Tampa Bay should have been hacked to smithereens by February and hauled off to be recycled, disposed of or trucked to the city's historic airport to restore its shoreline....

    A small area of the old St. Petersburg Pier approach remains to be demolished, seven months after city officials said it was supposed to have been torn down. City officials now believe the demolition will be finished by the end of the month while removal of debris will continue through October. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  13. Clock ticking on public art choices for St. Pete pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pilings for the city's new pier won't go in for months, but for the committee charged with choosing public art for the $66 million Pier District, the deadline is tight.

    Architects must know soon whether special infrastructure will be needed for the chosen work. As yet, though, the committee appointed by the city's Public Arts Commission has not picked an artist and is unsure how much money it will have to spend....

  14. Code violations at former YMCA building in St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Restoration of downtown's historic former YMCA may be off to a slow start, but the weeds around the building are not.

    They had grown to several feet this week, meriting a code violation notice from the city. The building at 116 Fifth St. S also has been cited for graffiti.

    "We are addressing those issues," said owner Nick Ekonomou, who plans to convert the Mediterranean Revival-style building into a boutique hotel and event venue....

    The new owner of the former YMCA has been cited for several code violations.  Times files
  15. Already scrambling to find new homes, Mosley residents confused by latest notice

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Residents of Mosley Motel — poor families with young children; the elderly, ill and handicapped — learned Tuesday that the place they call home is set to close on Sept. 30.

    To Mosley residents and the social services agencies scrambling to help them move, that meant a six-week window to find new homes. But Tuesday evening the motel's new owners, Altis Cardinal Storage of Miami, gave residents notices telling them that their rental agreements will end sooner, on Sept. 16....

    Residents of St. Petersburg’s Mosley Motel, home to many poor families, thought they had at least six weeks to find a new home, but a letter saying they must be out by Sept. 16 is causing more confusion. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]