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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. Seven ideas advance to next stage in choosing new St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The field of eight proposed concepts for a rebirth of the city's Pier has been narrowed by one.

    A six-member selection committee eliminated a small St. Petersburg firm whose proposal had been labeled "difficult to understand" in a technical report that assessed each idea.

    Residents will get a chance to hear from the remaining design teams in February and pick their top three choices in a survey. Their selections will be among the factors considered by the Pier selection committee when it makes its final ranking in March....

    Destination St. Pete Pier, St. Pete Design Group: "The St. Pete Design Group's concept provides the perfect marriage of historic icon and modernized, functional pier? a pure, crystalline pyramid is surrounded by fun, contemporary elements and activities within multileveled layers of shade. Varied attractions that will keep residents and tourists coming back include a larger Spa Beach, multiple dining options, a children's zone and a spectacular waterfall. Come fish, play, relax and remember. Discover the New St. Pete Pier."
  2. Offseason tax site a refuge for errant taxpayers

    Human Interest

    Homemade signs touting tax-preparation services have begun popping up on street corners.

    Choose wisely, the Internal Revenue Services warns.

    The small band of volunteers who help taxpayers at a downtown St. Petersburg social service agency have seen it all, including those victimized by unscrupulous preparers, some peddling their services door-to-door or establishing temporary storefront offices that vanish after April 15....

    Bruce Hadburg, a volunteer who prepare taxes year-round at Daystar Life Center in St. Petersburg, gets a thank you from Steven Renwanz, 40, and Bedsy Renwanz, 45, after helping them with a tax issue.
  3. Proposed St. Petersburg Pier designs face environmental questions

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the creators of the Pier design eventually spurned by voters suggested a pristine underwater garden as the project's centerpiece, environmentalists howled.

    They ridiculed the nearly $900,000 feature, saying it wasn't feasible in Tampa Bay. Not surprisingly, the design known as the Lens faced permitting hurdles.

    Now the city is considering a new batch of ideas for the $46 million Pier project and scrutinizing them for environmental and permitting issues....

    The Lens design that included an underwater garden received criticism and face permitting hurdles.
  4. Reports evaluate feasibility of Pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city has released a report analyzing the feasibility of the eight concepts proposed for a new or renovated pier.

    A critical finding concerns the budget.

    However, Raul Quintana, the city's architect, said he is neither surprised nor worried that most of the concepts appear to exceed the $33 million construction budget.

    "The bottom line is, these are initial concepts," he said. "The duty of the selection committee is to select the most qualified team with the best initial concept, the best direction for the city to proceed, so that when we make a selection, we can then begin to look at the design and bring it back within budget." ...

  5. St. Petersburg hires marketing expert to clarify message on new pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The last time the city tried to revive the Pier, the process became a morass of accusations, petitions, lawsuits and, some would add, misinformation.

    City leaders not only found themselves outmaneuvered by a couple of grass roots organizations that got their message out, but also pilloried on social media.

    "We did not do well with informing the public about the Lens," Michael Connors, the city's public works administrator, said, referring to the Lens Pier design that voters resoundingly rejected more than a year ago....

    “I’m surprised at the number of people who are not clear about what has happened so far,” Kristin Brett said.
  6. Many wrestle with religious beliefs and fairness over gay marriage

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — Lifelong Catholic Martha Jean Lorenzo admits she has struggled with the issue of same-sex marriage.

    "I do go back and forth. I'm not always clear, but I don't think as a person who believes in a God who has compassion, that I have the right to deny a person from sharing that love with another person or a family," the Tampa resident said.

    "I'm having to make myself realize that what I knew as a traditional family has changed. I cannot rationalize keeping children in an orphanage or in an abusive situation if they can be raised by a gay couple."...

  7. Pier designers need creativity to fit into $33 million budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The teams proposed splash parks and lagoons and touted sustainability, but the reality of delivering a pier that satisfies both the must-haves and appearance demanded by the public could be a financial challenge.

    The group that wins the contract to design St. Petersburg's new pier, or to renovate the closed inverted pyramid, will have to work with a $33 million construction budget, the major share of what Mayor Rick Kriseman has said is a firm $46 million project allocation. About $4 million has already been spent from the original $50 million budget for a design that was eventually rejected in a referendum....

  8. Fanciful bird sculptures arrive on the St. Petersburg art scene

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nestled on perches in and around the downtown waterfront, eight whimsical yellow-throated warblers wait to be found.

    There's Brian, wielding a paint brush in his beak near the Museum of Fine Arts' columned entrance.

    Beatrice peeks inquisitively down on shoppers crossing the threshold to Bruce Watters Jewelers.

    And spot the rest of the bronze flock outside the Dalí Museum, at Straub Park, the Vinoy, the St. Petersburg Museum of History and the Birchwood. ...

    Birds on Beach takes the form of a scavenger hunt based on the tale of a winged family called the Warblesons.
  9. Traffic calmer, but not some Snell Isle residents

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Some Snell Isle residents are upset about the new traffic calming in their neighborhood and say it is hazardous, inconvenient and overly restrictive.

    Snell Isle is the first neighborhood in the city to implement the strategy that combines medians with curbs extending at an angle into the street from homeowners' properties.

    "It's like threading a needle to go through those things with the median there," said John Rogers, who lives on a cross street....

  10. 'The Family Blessing' puts new twist on holiday tale (w/video)

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    To practice for his principal role back home in Florida, Marquis Floyd watched and followed a video of dance routines in a studio at his college in Massachusetts.

    A few days ago, the Boston Conservatory dance major returned to Clearwater prepared to jump into his part as Michael in The Family Blessing, a new production debuting at the Mahaffey Theater today.

    The 21/2 hour show follows Michael through a dance-filled dream sequence that takes him from the streets of Harlem to Cuba, Mexico, South Africa, West Africa and India. In the end, he realizes that the happiness he sought — "the blessing" — was right at home, in the love of family and community. ...

    Marquis Floyd, 20, a sophomore dance major at the Boston Conservatory and a 2013 graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High, second from left, rehearses for The Family Blessing at Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday.
  11. St. Petersburg gets first look at pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of discussions and the selection and contentious rejection of a much-reviled design for a new pier, St. Petersburg is back for a second try.

    On Monday, eight design teams offered fresh ways to look at the closed inverted pyramid, with some pitching an entirely new shape for the iconic landmark.

    The teams competing for the $46 million product, with $33 million targeted for construction, are proposing concepts that include new features such as a waterfall, lagoons and terraces....

    ahha! Design Group, a small St. Petersburg architectural firm.
The Crescent
"The crescent as a metaphor for the growth of our community. A gathering place for the people of St. Pete, a place for learning and play. A place that is self sustaining. How does one have a pier experience without actually being on a pier? "Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" Frank Scully.
  12. Great-grandfather celebrates Jewish coming-of-age ceremony

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Simon Chapiro reverently touched the edge of his prayer shawl to the Torah scroll and brought its fringe to his lips.

    He then said a blessing and read the Torah portion of Jacob's encounter with an angel.

    At 85, Chapiro was celebrating his bar mitzvah, the coming-of-age ritual customary for 13-year-old Jewish boys. It didn't matter that he was now a great-grandfather....

    Simon Chapiro, 85, rehearses last week for his bar mitzvah, the coming-of-age ritual for Jewish boys, with Rabbi Leah Herz at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg. Chapiro’s parents could not afford to give him bar mitzvah lessons when he was a boy.
  13. Pier design proposals to be unveiled Monday

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The eight design teams competing to give the city a new or refurbished Pier will deliver their concepts Monday, offering insight into their vision, theme and approach for the landmark.

    A six-member selection team appointed by Mayor Rick Kriseman will rank the finalists in March, but before then, St. Petersburg residents will get to weigh in with their top three preferences....

  14. Entebbe raid recalled by former Israeli soldier

    Religion

    CLEARWATER

    It was a decade of three major hijackings, but for most Americans, terrorism still seemed a world away. One is particularly remembered for the daring rescue that followed at Uganda's Entebbe Airport.

    Sassy Reuven, then a member of the Israel Defense Forces, participated in that July 4, 1976, rescue in Uganda, ruled by dictator Idi Amin. Reuven will be in Pinellas County on Monday to talk about "Operation Thunderbolt," which saved the lives of more than 100 hostages. ...

    Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces.
  15. Author behind memorial for victims of Sunshine Skyway collapse

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    After more than a year of trying, Bill DeYoung has won permission to erect a memorial for the 35 people who perished in the Sunshine Skyway bridge disaster more than three decades ago.

    That hurdle overcome, DeYoung, a St. Petersburg native and author of a book about the accident that sent a Greyhound bus, six cars and a pickup plummeting into Tampa Bay one stormy May morning in 1980, now must raise money to build and maintain the proposed monument. It's a task he embraces....

    The Sunshine Skyway bridge is shown on May 9, 1980, the day the freighter Summit Venture struck a support column and the center section of the southbound span collapsed. An estimated $10,000 is needed for a memorial to those killed.