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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. Coyote sightings up in St. Pete


    More and more people are spotting coyotes.

    Suzanne Verhulst, wife of our Perspective editor, Jim, was walking their two collies at 11 a.m. on Thursday on a path by the lawn of the Masonic Home of Florida at 3201 1st St. NE in St. Petersburg, when she spotted the coyote in the above photo.

    To be clear, she says, the coyote was not harming anyone. It just wanted to get out of the way of the dogs....

    A coyote hangs out on the lawn of the Masonic Home of Florida, 3201 1st St. NE, St. Petersburg, on Thursday
  2. More heard than seen, coyotes lurk about St. Petersburg's Snell Isle suburb

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Coyote sightings are up on Snell Isle.

    They've been cataloged by resident Steve Ritch, who dashed off an email alerting City Hall.

    Instances include a pack of five coyotes spotted in an alley behind houses on Snell Isle Boulevard and one seen running after daybreak near Brightwaters Boulevard, according to Ritch's email.

    "My backyard neighbor's yardman found a raccoon head," his report states. "Two coyotes were seen running through my front yard around 10 p.m. … A neighbor's cat has gone missing for a week now. Another neighbor reports hearing yipping/howling somewhat frequently."...

    Photo of a coyote in Pinellas County. [Photo courtesy Pinellas County Animal Services]
  3. Pier approach project narrows field of architects to five


    A selection committee on Tuesday eliminated one of six design teams competing for the $20 million project to link the city's downtown to the new Pier.

    OT9 Design, a small firm from St. Petersburg, did not make the cut....

  4. Spike in Beach Drive car thefts prompts alert to be on guard in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — In the space of two and a half months, seven vehicles have been stolen in the vicinity of downtown's popular Beach Drive.

    Though far from an epidemic, it's been enough to warrant words of caution to residents of some upscale condominiums nearby.

    "Dear Vinoy Place Residents," a Sept. 15 email from the management read, "At a nearby luxury high-rise property on Beach Drive NE, two cars were stolen from the garage this week. This also happened there a couple months ago. There appears to be a sophisticated car theft ring operating in the area."...

    Don’t make it easy for car thieves by leaving your keys in the car. And don’t forget to lock the doors.
  5. Bus traffic at Williams Park set to be thinned out by Valentine's Day

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several years ago, the city and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority contemplated a modern transportation hub downtown that mixed retail, offices, a bus depot and parking.

    One of the plan's biggest features was ridding Williams Park of a ring of idling buses, bus shelters and loiterers. It was put on hold while the PSTA focused on another transit initiative, Greenlight Pinellas, which voters rejected last year....

    The PSTA plans to overhaul its downtown St. Petersburg system, eliminating Williams Park as the hub so it’s no longer the focal point of where all bus lines converge. (City officials hope that this will reduce Williams Park’s homeless population during the day.) [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  6. Thanks to recycling, demolished Pier will live on in many forms

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Hacked, sawed, chopped, dismantled and sorted, the inverted pyramid that drew visitors from around the world will be scattered far and near.

    Possibly China. Or as a base for Tampa Bay roads. Definitely shoring up the seawall at St. Petersburg's historic airport.

    For demolition contractor Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., almost every scrap of St. Petersburg's discarded Pier represents dollars earned. That's on top of the $3.2 million the city is paying the Clearwater firm to demolish the iconic pyramid along with its deck and bridge....

    Workers for Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. demolish the Pier’s outer walls with a 90-foot excavator.
  7. Plans for new St. Petersburg landmark coming together behind the scenes

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As demolition of the inverted pyramid takes place in the public eye, the future of the new pier is taking shape behind the scenes.

    In the two months since the City Council approved a contract for Pier Park — the new $46 million project — its designers have met with marine scientists, regulatory agencies, advocates for people with disabilities, the city's public arts commission and the chamber of commerce....

  8. Tampa Bay Catholics to make pilgrimages to see Pope Francis


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Pope Francis was elected two years ago, the first thing Angelica "Vivi" Iglesias did was call her family in Argentina.

    "They were all excited," she said. "They said, 'We know him. We love him.'"

    It happens that the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics was born in a nearby Buenos Aires neighborhood and led retreats at her brother's Jesuit school....

    The Iglesias family and Daniels will wear this T-shirt, designed by Angelica “Vivi” Iglesias, during their visit.
  9. Six hopefuls vie to design approach to St. Petersburg's Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Six design teams are vying for the $20 million project that will link the city's new pier to downtown.

    Most of the names competing for what is being referred to as the Pier Approach Project are familiar.

    Among them is the team that has won the coveted prize to design the pier itself. Out to bolster their position, the designers of Pier Park say they already understand the mechanics of the new pier district and their vision incorporates "all the goals and elements" of the city's Downtown Waterfront Master Plan....

  10. Usual suspects fight for design job of $20 million Pier Approach project


    Six design teams are vying for the $20 million project that will link the city’s new Pier to downtown.

    Most of the names competing for the so-called Pier Approach Project are familiar.

    Among them is the team that has won the coveted prize to design the Pier itself.

    Out to bolster their position, the designers of Pier Park say they already understand the mechanics of the new Pier district and their vision incorporates “all the goals and elements” of the city’s downtown waterfront master plan....

  11. Gulfport synagogue may be tiny, but it's welcoming for High Holidays, and others


    GULFPORT — Evan Cohn said the blessing over his homemade challah and sliced the traditional Sabbath bread for the small group.

    They sipped wine or grape juice and sang Sabbath melodies, ending with the Israeli and American national anthems.

    At the tiny Congregation Beth Sholom, the 30 men and women represented the majority of its membership. For the High Holy Days, which begin at sundown today with Rosh Hashana — the Jewish New Year — attendance will more than double. But unlike larger congregations that expect a crush for the all-important holiday services, no ticket will be required to ensure a seat at Beth Sholom....

    Dr. Paul Cohen, left, blows a shofar as Barbara Watts laughs during a light moment at a primer for Rosh Hashana and the High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Sholom in Gulfport last week. The High Holy Days begin at sundown today.
  12. VIDEO: Time-lapse feed of Pier demolition


    The City of St. Pete is providing a time-lapse link of the Pier demolition, so you don't have to worry about missing a thing.

    It's all right here. Behold.


  13. St. Petersburg's North Shore Pool poster child of sustainability

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — North Shore Aquatic Complex, which claims bragging rights for its Olympic training facilities, now also can boast of its sustainability efforts.

    New energy-saving geothermal and filtration systems and solar power have put the facility at the forefront of Mayor Rick Kriseman's recently announced initiatives to make St. Petersburg an even greener city.

    "It's probably one of the most successful sustainability efforts the city has done to date," said parks and recreation director Michael Jefferis of the $400,000 project....

    Built in 1964, North Shore also has undergone a $1 million renovation that included replacing gang showers with individual changing and shower stalls, family restrooms and locker rooms.
  14. An icon comes down: St. Petersburg's plans for pier demolition

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg is preparing to build another pier, the ciyt's fourth public pier since 1913. Before work can begin on the $46 million Pier Park project, the inverted pyramid must be demolished. Preliminary work has already begun, and the $3.2 million demolition project should be finished in February.

    You can better view the pier demolition infographic with the full-screen feature in the top right corner of the image....

  15. Search for pier restaurants goes local

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Responding to local pressure, city officials announced Friday that they will tweak language in a document seeking businesses to develop, lease and operate a restaurant at the new pier.

    The key change emphasizes opportunities for local businesses.

    The revision comes amid an online campaign launched by St. Petersburg-based LocalShops1 urging the city to drop the words "nationally or regionally recognized chain restaurant" as one of the qualifications to operate the new waterfront establishment....