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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. Price tag of new St. Petersburg police headquarters, shooting range grows to $81 million

    Public Safety

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Mayor Rick Kriseman announced in 2015 that there was enough money to construct a new, but long-delayed police headquarters, there was relief.

    But 18 months later, amid soaring construction costs, that $70 million budget doesn't go as far as it once did....

    This is an artist's rendering of the St. Petersburg Police Department's new $70 million headquarters. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017 and the project is set to be finished by the end of 2018. The new building will go up across from the old police station on the other side of First Avenue N. [Courtesy of City of St. Petersburg]
  2. Promoter sues title company over former St. Petersburg YMCA


    ST. PETERSBURG — Music promoter Tom Nestor, who tried to buy the historic former YMCA building downtown, is suing a title company because of the failed transaction.

    Nestor says in his suit that he made an agreement on Sept. 21, 2012, to buy the old Y at 116 Fifth St. S and submitted payment to consummate the transaction. The suit claims that the amount was based on incorrect information supplied by Title Agency of Florida. As a result, the seller rejected the payment as insufficient and terminated the contract, the suit says....

    Music promoter Tom Nestor is suing over the failed purchase of the former YMCA.  JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times
  3. Amid outrage about rats, mold and other problems, cleanup begins at Jordan Park

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Charles Cohens hopes his days of combating rats at the Jordan Park home he shares with wife Frances are over.

    Reaction has been swift since he and other residents in the subsidized housing community went public about their frustration with the management company's indifference to complaints that included rodents, mold, mildew, neglected landscaping and old appliances....

    Velitta Williams, 60, is having problems with roaches, rats and mold in her Jordan Park home. Rats have chewed on a cabinet where she keeps her food, below, and she keeps much of her dry goods in plastic bins with lids. She also uses paper plates.
  4. I.C. Sharks waterfront restaurant forced to close again


    ST. PETERSBURG — I.C. Sharks, a popular waterfront bar and restaurant shut down by a temporary injunction eight months ago, has been forced to close again.

    Pinellas County filed an emergency motion late last week because the Gandy Boulevard restaurant had failed to obey the order issued last November by Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge John A. Schaefer.

    The dispute over building, water navigation and zoning regulations is several years old. Pinellas County code enforcement manager Todd Myers said the restaurant has racked up liens of more than $1 million....

    I.C. Sharks’ dispute with Pinellas over building, water navigation and zoning regulations is several years old.
  5. Rats and other woes infest St. Petersburg public housing complex (w/video)

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Evidence of Charles and Frances Cohens' war on the rats plaguing their tiny Jordan Park home is everywhere.

    Sticky traps are strategically positioned behind the stove and refrigerator and near the cupboards that store their food.

    Charles Cohens, 73, tried to explain their plight: "She was cooking and one came...."

    "... out of the burner and looked at me," said wife Frances Cohens, 72, finishing his sentence....

    Many Jordan Park residents who are having problems with rats have laid out sticky traps to try to catch the rodents. The traps are in most rooms in the apartments, including the kitchens.
  6. Mayor Rick Kriseman raises LGBT flag amid applause and protest

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For the third year in a row, the Pride flag is flying below the Stars and Stripes at St. Petersburg's City Hall.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman raised the rainbow flag Thursday, ahead of a weekend of events culminating a month of LGBT Pride.

    "I'm so proud to live in a city that values diversity and inclusion," Amy Foster, chairwoman of the city council, said during a brief ceremony that had a noticeable police presence....

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Nadine Smith, co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, raise the American and Pride flags at St. Petersburg City Hall on Thursday as part of a ceremony honoring Gay Pride Month. This weekend is St. Petersburg's annual Pride Festival. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  7. St. Petersburg, preservationists agree on demolition of "cheese grater" buildings

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Demolition will go forward of two historic buildings on prime downtown property considered ripe for redevelopment.

    Preservationists, who sued to save the buildings on Central Avenue's 400 block, have agreed to drop their lawsuit. The announcement came Thursday evening, minutes before City Council members were to vote on a request by St. Petersburg Preservation to designate the former Pheil Hotel and Theater and Central National Bank as local landmarks....

    The owners of a historic downtown St. Petersburg block will now be able to demolish the buildings after the preservationists who had tried to prevent the razing agreed Thursday to drop their lawsuit. [RON BRACKETT   |   Times]
  8. St. Petersburg's Beach Drive restaurants may get competition from pier establishments

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There is consternation in some quarters about the city's plans to establish three restaurants in the new Pier District expected to open two years from now.

    With a total of about 725 seats, the proposed restaurants could mean competition for businesses now thriving on popular Beach Drive and other spots downtown. There is also worry about the loss of green space along the city's prized waterfront....

    With a total of about 725 seats,  the proposed restaurants in the Pier Districtg could mean competition for businesses now thriving on popular Beach Drive and other spots downtown. There is also worry about the loss of green space along the city's prized waterfront. 
[JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times (2014)]
  9. St. Petersburg Pier approach options could get costly

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The $66 million Pier District budget is getting even tighter.

    City Council members heard Thursday that they will have to decide what takes priority in the portion of the project designed to link the new pier to downtown.

    Among the questions: How much parking should there be and is there too much restaurant space? And what about the so-called arts bridge with a possible price tag of up to $1.5 million?...

  10. Public art subject to wear and tear — then repair

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Mantei said he was upset after learning that one of his workers had damaged a poignant piece of public art at Fire Station No. 4.

    The artwork featured cold-cast bronze sculptures of a boy and girl sitting on a granite bench. The boy's right hand touched a firefighter's hat. Engraved on the bench were the words: In Lasting Memory of St. Petersburg's Fallen Firefighters....

    Kyu Yamamoto works on the original of what became a cold-cast bronze statue at Fire Station No. 4. The memorial to firefighters would be titled Dignity.
  11. Rising number of homeless families concerns advocates

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Pinellas County is short of emergency shelters for homeless families, a crisis described in dire terms Friday, with talk of families with kids driving hopelessly from agency to agency in search of a temporary roof over their heads.

    "We are inundated with families in need of emergency shelter," said April Lott, president and CEO of Directions for Living, a social services agency in Clearwater....

    Advocate April Lott says a vital social service referral program went away without notice.
  12. Panel weighs public artwork for St. Petersburg pier project

    Local Government


    Although the demolished inverted pyramid was itself a work of art for some, the new pier will have something the old one did not — actual public art.

    A committee appointed by the city's public art commission held its first meeting last week to determine how to spend what could be a minimum of $500,000 on artwork for the Pier District that's scheduled to open in the fall of 2018....

    Kyu Yamamoto sculpts Dignity, a girl and a boy with his hand on a firefighter’s hat. The finished bronze sits on a bench at Fire Station No. 4 at 2501 Fourth St. N.
  13. To ease homeless issue, St. Petersburg mulls tiny homes

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Could tiny houses help alleviate St. Petersburg's intractable homeless problem?

    It might be a solution, if those living on the streets can be persuaded to take up offers to settle into permanent housing being built at places like Pinellas Hope or the 400- to 500-square-foot homes being planned by Celebrate Outreach.

    The homeless issue in St. Petersburg flared this month after complaints from residents of nearby downtown neighborhoods about men and women loitering for blocks around the St. Vincent de Paul shelter....

    St. Vincent De Paul is blamed by some for a growing homeless population in St. Petersburg.
  14. Downtown St. Petersburg's about-face with street parking

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The words "back-in-head-out parking" should explain it all.

    Alas, for a number of confused motorists, they do not.

    A new way to park in St. Petersburg — introduced on one downtown block — is said to be safer and easier than traditional diagonal or parallel parking.

    But not everyone has caught on to how it works.

    Some drivers, probably excited at spotting a precious parking space, zip across oncoming traffic and maneuver their vehicle facing the wrong direction....

  15. Groups, city of Gulfport rally to save historic Lincoln African-American cemetery

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — After decades of neglect of Lincoln Cemetery — the African-American burial ground where Civil War and other military veterans are interred alongside prominent and ordinary citizens — help is on the way.

    That's in addition to those who are assisting 22-year-old Vanessa Gray, a restaurant server who single-handedly began cleaning up the graveyard in December.

    A posting for volunteers on her Lincoln Cemetery Society Facebook page drew about 30 volunteers the day before Mother's Day....

    Vanessa Gray brushes dirt off a grave in Lincoln Cemetery in Gulfport.