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

  1. Hebrew school students prepare for Rosh Hashana with beekeeper visit


    ST. PETERSBURG — As the grownups sort through cherished Rosh Hashana recipes in preparation for the Jewish New Year, children are learning the rudiments of the holiday that begins in a few days.

    This year, Congregation B'nai Israel invited an apiarist for a show-and-tell about honey, the all-important ingredient in Rosh Hashana dishes and a symbol of hope for a sweet new year....

    Jim Johnson, a beekeeper in his family business, Johnson Family Apiaries, shows Hebrew school students a filled frame from a beehive Sunday at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. The holes in the frame have honey in them, but are covered with a wax layer that prevents the honey from coming out. Johnson has been beekeeping for about nine years and has around 100 hives.
  2. What 16 design teams want to do to the St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Although 16 design teams with professionals from Tampa Bay to New York to London and Colombia are making a bid to re-create St. Petersburg's landmark Pier, the competition doesn't begin in earnest until Oct. 3.

    That's when the hopefuls will be winnowed to a short list and asked to define their plans to build a new Pier or renovate the shuttered inverted pyramid....

    On Oct. 3, the design hopefuls will be winnowed to a short list and asked to define their plans to build a new Pier or renovate the inverted pyramid.
  3. Mirror Lake church will turn feasts for hungry to potlucks

    Human Interest


    They brought colored eggs, cheese pizza from Hungry Howie's, bananas and pans of macaroni and cheese.

    As volunteers laid out the smorgasbord under cloudy skies, lamb and chicken sizzled on a grill near an open-sided tent, where men and women sat at picnic tables.

    Others waited on benches around Mirror Lake and in a nearby lot, where they had begun to gather in anticipation of the Friday evening ritual at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg....

    “We do plan on resuming it, but not in quite the same scope. We are trimming it down … along the lines of the original model, which is primarily potluck.” 
Reggie Craig, head of the homeless outreach ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church
  4. St. Petersburg seeking demolition permit for the Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With a majority of the design teams competing for the $46 million St. Petersburg Pier project indicating they want to reuse the closed inverted pyramid, the iconic structure could survive.

    But because the city is facing a deadline to complete the project in three years, officials are making plans should demolition be in the cards for the 1973 building. They've submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to demolish the inverted pyramid....

    The 1973 inverted pyramid Pier could face demolition under a plan in which the city faces a time deadline.
  5. Sixteen design teams line up to renovate or build a new St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closed inverted pyramid, beloved and reviled, and once appeared destined for obliteration, could be in for a reprieve.

    A majority of the 16 design teams vying for a chance to reprise St. Petersburg's decades-old tradition of a fully functioning public pier want to incorporate the 1973 structure in their plans.

    "This unique structure as well as the passionate dialogue around this project attracts us to St. Petersburg," declares W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York....

    Sixteen design teams met the Friday deadline to be considered for the challenge of redesigning the Pier, with a strong local presence.
  6. Well-known Tampa Bay area architects want to renovate St. Petersburg's Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The competition is promising to be stiff among design teams vying to give St. Petersburg a new or renovated Pier.

    Design teams interested in the $46 million project must submit their qualifications by Friday, but interested groups already are emerging.

    A powerhouse of well-known Tampa Bay area architects announced plans Wednesday to renovate the 1973 inverted pyramid. The group includes Salvador Dalí Museum architect Yann Weymouth; Harvard Jolly, designers of the iconic and controversial upside-down pyramid Pier; and Wannemacher Jensen, a local group that worked with the Los Angeles team that designed the Lens, the pyramid's rejected replacement....

    A powerhouse of well-known Tampa Bay area architects has come forward to renovate the inverted pyramid. The group includes Yann Weymouth, the architect of St. Petersburg's iconic Salvador Dali Museum. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times (2010)]
  7. St. Petersburg Free Clinic program faces allegations of racism

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, highly regarded for its decades of work with the poor, is being accused of racism at its shelter for homeless women.

    Several African-American women have accused the director of the clinic's 20-bed Women's Residence of giving preferential treatment to white women. They say black residents are forced to leave before they can support themselves, and white residents aren't held to the same standards. Black residents are forced to get jobs, they said, while white residents can simply pursue more education....

    Alberta Brown, 55, a former resident, says white women received things that she did not.
  8. St. Petersburg and Roser Park residents work toward trail compromise

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Under threatening skies, more than two dozen Roser Park residents walked and talked and talked some more about the controversial trail planned for their historic neighborhood.

    There were opinions aplenty. But as residents trekked along the proposed path with views of homes perched atop surprising bluffs and wending its way amid oaks, a sense of accord seemed to be building....

  9. Transforming troubled Mariners Pointe apartments into St. Charles Row

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — It is not yet a complete metamorphosis, but the signs are there.

    A new fence. Sod. Clusters of gold, red and crimson coleus. New magnolia trees. Fresh paint.

    The 368-unit apartment complex even has a new name, St. Charles Row, its sixth name since it was built in 1972.

    Until recently, it was known as Mariners Pointe, and like previous incarnations, burdened with a reputation for crime....

    There are encouraging signs of change amid the renovations at St. Charles Row, formerly Mariners Pointe apartments, in St. Petersburg. Postcard invitations featuring a photograph of a professionally decorated model apartment recently drew curious visitors and prospective renters to the complex.
  10. St. Pete names pivotal seven-member panel in pier design process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has appointed an eclectic group to help pare the bunch of hopefuls the city expects to vie to design a new pier or renovate the closed inverted pyramid.

    Kriseman's selection committee, which includes preservationists, an expert on sea level rise, a couple of architects and a vice president of the Tampa Bay Rays, is set to play a powerful role in the mayor's plan for a Pier by 2017. ...

    Visitor Charles Arbeen, 55, Washington State, left,  takes his morning walk on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 as a Blue Heron walks across the road.  St. Petersburg Mayor RIck Kriseman reopened the pier head recently.
  11. African-American Heritage Trail to open in St. Petersburg Saturday

    Human Interest


    A 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail to honor and recount the history and memories of the city's black residents will officially open Saturday.

    The 5 p.m. ceremony will take place at 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue S, a key intersection of the 2-mile route. There, one of 20 historic markers will be presented during the event that is expected to include former Mayor Bill Foster, who is credited with initiating the project two years ago....

    A newly installed sign outside the Manhattan Casino is one of 20 on the 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail. The casino, now the site of Sylvia’s Restaurant, is one of the trail’s landmarks on 22nd Street S, also known as the Deuces.
  12. Bishop asks local Catholics to house migrant children


    ST. PETERSBURG — Catholic Bishop Robert Lynch appealed to his flock to help shelter the child migrants pouring across the Mexican border from Central America on his blog Wednesday.

    A day later, almost four dozen families had responded.

    Lynch also directed his Catholic Charities office to work with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' migration and refugee services to determine how many children the diocese might be able to temporarily resettle....

    Bishop Robert Lynch: “My goal would be to keep them only as long as is necessary.”
  13. Pier could be saved, report finds, but cost is unclear

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The inverted pyramid Pier is structurally sound and could be renovated to last another 75 years, according to a city-commissioned engineering study released Friday

    The report was good news for those who have fought to save the controversial building, especially Frank Carter "Bud" Karins, a licensed structural engineer who pushed for the study and wrote the protocol for conducting it. Karins said an evaluation of the building's condition was imperative before the city asks design teams to submit concepts for a new or renovated pier. ...

    St. Petersburg’s budget for a new or renovated pier is $46 million.
  14. TV show filming mummy exhibit at St. Pete History Museum

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG – A call has gone out for extras to gawk and cheer as the newly designed quarters of St. Petersburg's oldest transplant – an authentic mummy -- is unveiled today at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

    Those making their way to the museum at 335 Second Ave. NE by 4:30 p.m. could find themselves playing a peripheral role in the new television show Museum Men, planned for the cable network H2. It's about people who build museum displays and tells the stories connected to the artifacts....

    This 1995 file photo shows the mummy that has resided at the St. Petersburg Museum of History since 1925.
  15. Mother of pregnant St. Petersburg teenager missing for two years remains hopeful

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family.

    Two years ago, her 17-year-old daughter, Morgan Keyanna Martin, vanished in front of their home.

    It was after midnight that July 25, but Morgan wanted to share exciting news with the father of the baby growing inside her. Cellphone in hand and wearing pajamas and bedroom slippers, she stepped outside her family's home at 2808 17th Ave. S, eager to tell her baby's father that it was a girl....

    Morgan Keyanna Martin has not been seen since July 25, 2012. She was four months pregnant and left behind her purse, money and ID.