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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. 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....

  2. '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.
  3. 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....

    Prospect Pier will envelop the entire building in thin layers of concrete that acts as “a shade device and creates a strong visual identity.”
  4. 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 and wife Ernestina pose in front of his parents’ names on a wall at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg.
  5. 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....

  6. 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.
  7. 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....

    Bill DeYoung, a St. Petersburg native and author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down, hopes to have a memorial in place by May 9, the 35th anniversary of the disaster.
  8. A family's Thanksgiving tradition feeds hundreds

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    As a little boy, Gay Inskeep's younger son thought everyone across America gathered for Thanksgiving in community settings with family, friends and strangers. For Andrew, it wasn't unusual that his parents, aunt, uncle and neighbors devoted days to shopping, chopping, peeling and baking for the guests they welcomed all Thanksgiving afternoon at Pilgrim Church. He'll turn 17 today, looking ahead to the 14th Thanksgiving since his parents began their tradition of feeding the needy and others yearning for a touch of holiday togetherness....

    Gay Inskeep counts bags of pecans while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. 
  9. Local protests raise issue of police relations with black communities

    Local

    Peaceful protests unfolded Tuesday in the Tampa Bay region's two largest cities, a reaction to the grand jury decision in St. Louis that also brought response from top officials.

    In St. Petersburg, police Chief Tony Holloway said he welcomed a public conversation about how his department patrols black communities. And Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said officials have been working for years to improve relations with minority communities in his city....

    Fom left, local activist  Omali Yeshitela, talks about the situation in Ferguson, Mo., and introduces to a crowd of protestors Deanne Lewis, center, sister of the late Tyron Lewis, who was shot and killed by St. Petersburg Police officers in 1996. [SCOTT  KEELER   |   Times]
  10. Calming traffic in Snell Isle, Northeast Park neighborhoods

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Long-delayed improvements to two dangerous thoroughfares in the city's northern neighborhoods are under way.

    The work, totaling almost a million dollars, will give relief to a stretch on Snell Isle known for speeders and an area abutting the Northeast Park Shopping Center where fatal accidents have occurred.

    Scott Willis, president of the Northeast Park Neighborhood Association, said it is "fantastic" that after a six-year effort the streets adjacent to the shopping center will be safer....

    City employees work on a traffic calming device near Monterey Boulevard and  Almedo Way, part of the project on Snell Isle that will also include two center medians.
  11. New study on St. Petersburg Pier offers few new findings

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new study about how the Pier should be used, and what would make the most financial and practical sense, appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.

    The $17,000 analysis by Lambert Advisory of Miami examined economic, demographic and real estate trends in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County to come up with its recommendations, but offers little that is different from those presented to the Pier Advisory Task Force in 2010. ...

    A new study about how the Pier should be used and what would make the most financial and practical sense in its redevelopment appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.
  12. Bishop Lynch optimistic after Vatican meeting on divorced and gay Catholics

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — For more than a year, Susan Portal and her husband, Paul, attended Sunday Mass, but were not allowed to receive communion, the central sacrament of the Catholic Church.

    The couple had been waiting for his marriage to be annulled by a church tribunal and they married in a civil ceremony so they could bring his son, Luke, then 9, into their home. But marrying outside the church after a divorce barred them from the sacrament....

    Bishops want to reconcile divorced and remarried, Lynch thinks.
  13. Poynter Institute will host African journalists denied by USF St. Petersburg

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of African journalists whose visit to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was canceled because of Ebola fears has found another host.

    The Poynter Institute announced Tuesday that it will welcome the 12 journalists, none of whom come from countries affected by the virus.

    "Poynter has a long history and tradition of inclusion, it has a long history of training journalists, both here and abroad, and I think in that spirit, it's something we can and should do at Poynter," said Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute, in a press release....

  14. New study reiterates viability of inverted pyramid for St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new engineering study delivers good news to those who have fought to save the inverted pyramid and to the design teams planning to reuse the iconic structure in the city's latest version of its Tampa Bay landmark.

    According to the $7,500 engineering study by the Structures Group of Tampa, the 1973 structure stands up well to the state's current structural building codes, which went through an extensive update after Hurricane Andrew....

  15. State House District 70 race pits incumbent against newcomer

    Elections

    They might be loathe to admit it, but Democrat Darryl Rouson and no-party candidate Philip Garrett share similarities in their approach to the state House District 70 race.

    Both talk about focusing on youth, education and jobs. Their positions, though, differ on the proposed constitutional amendment to permit medical marijuana in Florida. Garrett supports it. Rouson does not, taking the opposite side of its zealous proponent, prominent lawyer John Morgan, for whose firm he once worked....