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. Century of hallmarks to line African-American Heritage Trail in St. Pete

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Elihu Brayboy remembers when baseball great Willie Mays could be spotted around the city's traditional African-American neighborhoods.

    Back then, 22nd Street S — known as the Deuces to those who frequented it — was the community's fulcrum. It was where Brayboy's mother worked as a nurse at segregation-era Mercy Hospital and where he and his friends went to enjoy amateur night or movies at the Royal Theater....

    Markers will point out places like the Merriwether building, at 951-963 22nd St. S. Owners Elihu and Carolyn Brayboy want to restore it — not raze it. They’re holding a rendering of what they envision.
  2. Preparing for the Passover seder, there's an app for that

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Chaya Korf was leading one of her monthly Lunch & Learn classes, offering tips for Passover, when she mentioned a new app created as a guide for the eight-day holiday.

    "All of a sudden, the Androids and iPhones were whipped out," she said. "The women downloaded it right there."

    Passover Assistant, as the free app is titled, joins others that aim to offer at-your-fingers ease to alleviate the anxieties of preparing for and celebrating one of the best-known Jewish holidays. Links around a picture of matzo — the unleavened bread of the holiday — offer guidance for meal planning, recipes, shopping lists, Passover candle lighting times and more. ...

    Demonstrating some functions of the Passover Assistant app, Rabbi Alter Korf of the Chabad Jewish Center also uses the time for teaching kids more about the holiday.  Rabbi Korf, center, refers to the Passover Assistant App on an iPhone as he helps make a Passover Chocolate Mousse Pie in the Chabad’s kitchen along with Ari Zimmer, from left, 16, Lee Kadury, 16, Hannah Zimmer, 14, and Victoria Bischoff, 17, all of St. Petersburg.
  3. Pier factions support St. Petersburg mayor's plans, for now

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As he campaigned, Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke of unveiling a final design for the Pier within the first nine months of his administration and completing the landmark by the end of 2015.

    The ambitious timeline now seems in doubt, with Kriseman's own Pier-appointed task force foreseeing an opening date in 2017 and city staff offering options that would put a ribbon cutting in 2018....

    Kriseman’s  Pier panel foresees an opening date in 2017.
  4. St. Pete homeowners learn docks, land underneath aren't theirs

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG Owners of waterfront property in the Northeast Park neighborhood are learning they might not own the docks in their back yards or the submerged land beneath.

    The revelation comes three years after an entity named Traveler's Affiliated Land Trust scooped up an expanse of Smacks Bayou abutting their properties.

    For at least two homeowners, the split ownership came to light when they tried to sell their homes. ...

    Scott Willis, head of the Northeast Park Neighborhood Association, says 103 waterfront homes in his neighborhood could be affected.
  5. Home of Tampa Bay's Catholic bishop doesn't measure up to those under scrutiny elsewhere

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis eschewed a church palace for a modest apartment. Now head of the world's estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, he is shunning expansive papal apartments for simpler quarters.

    So it wasn't surprising that a German cleric's ostentatious $43 million residence and complex would become worldwide news, as did the $2.2 million mansion of Atlanta's archbishop....

    Bishop Robert Lynch’s 3,929-square-foot house, owned by the five-county Diocese of St. Petersburg, is assessed at $492,236.
  6. Catholics in Tampa Bay diocese sound off in survey on matters of family, church teachings

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — This fall, Catholic leaders from around the world will gather in Rome to talk about how the church ministers to families, setting the groundwork for potential changes in its teachings and evangelization.

    Summoned by Pope Francis, the Vatican gathering is being preceded by a survey that probes Catholics' opinions on hot-button subjects including same-sex unions, adoption by same-sex couples, interfaith marriage, living together before marriage, birth control and divorce....

    A majority of bay area Catholics thought the church could provide better support to divorced Catholics.
  7. After drama, new CONA president aims for unity

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's an organization that kick-starts political ambitions and has minted City Council members.

    In recent times, though, the Council of Neighborhood Associations has become known for controversy, some of it fueled by race.

    Lisa Wheeler-Brown, the group's first African-American leader, has vowed to get the St. Petersburg group back on task.

    "I see CONA as an organization that can get back to where it used to be and will!" she emailed members after the most recent dustup. "It is not about personalities, it is about what is best for OUR neighborhoods!"...

    New chief Lisa Wheeler-Brown has put out the welcome mat.
  8. St. Petersburg pier ideas, new and old, popping up

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As Mayor Rick Kriseman ponders the complexities of the Pier quagmire, meeting with those who have been vociferous in their views, creative minds are developing new ideas for the waterfront landmark or dusting off old ones.

    Darryl LeClair, who proposed a $570 million stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, is ready to reprise his pier proposal that debuted in 2011. That was before the city selected the Lens and voters rejected it as a replacement to the inverted pyramid....

    Echelon’s Cityscape concept is described as “very family oriented,” with a carousel, splash pad and expanded Spa Beach.
  9. New Skyway Marina District mulls next steps amid recent boosts

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A link to the new Skyway Marina District, where sunsets, shopping and dining are promised, announces that a proper website is coming soon.

    The placeholder, skywaymarinadistrict.com, features a YouTube rendering of a redeveloped and unrecognizable Skyway Mall — once a thriving shopping center — featuring shops, restaurants, high-rise residences, businesses, fountains and palm trees....

  10. Historic Methodist church fights to survive in downtown St. Petersburg

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    After 123 years downtown, its tranquil courtyard a respite for passers-by and the stained glass-illuminated sanctuary a continuous setting for worship and community gatherings, Christ United Methodist Church refuses to fade away.

    That's despite suggestions that the historic church next to City Hall close and merge with another Methodist congregation mere blocks away....

    Assistant pastor Tom Gregory, left, and senior pastor Jim Swartz were appointed to invigorate the church. Swartz wants to develop the contemporary service, and the two are focusing on pastoral care.
  11. Options limited for many Mariners Pointe tenants

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jayla Bonhomme, a night stocker at Walmart, says the paycheck she earns every two weeks doesn't stretch to cover utilities, child care and the $699 rent for her two-bedroom apartment in a troubled, rundown complex.

    She has been forced to make her rent in partial payments, said Bonhomme, 32, who lives at Mariners Pointe, 1175 Pinellas Point Drive S, with her husband, Nelson Joseph, and three children, ages 14, 12 and 3....

  12. Buddhists building pagoda-style temple in St. Petersburg

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three flags flutter above the compound where a new pagoda-style temple is nearing completion and a bronze Buddha overlooks the street.

    Next to Meadowlawn Middle School, this is where hundreds of worshipers gather from as far away as Miami, Orlando and Sarasota for important Buddhist holidays, retreats and cultural events.

    "Part of it is we have the shrine," said Tanya Vu, a longtime member of the Chua Phat Phap Buddhist Temple at 1770 62nd Ave N....

    The Venerable Tri Tinh looks forward to the new pagoda-style temple at Chua Phat Phap, at 1770 62nd Ave N.
  13. St. Petersburg Pier options push timetable further back

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With the contentious Pier issue now on his watch, Mayor Rick Kriseman must find consensus among disparate notions about how to continue a tradition that dates to 1889.

    The new mayor also must contend with a formerly mentioned goal "to have the new pier built by the end of 2015" and a slightly diminished budget of approximately $45 million.

    Friday city staff presented Kriseman with three proposals for moving the stalled Pier process forward, ideas that he will evaluate immediately, spokesman Ben Kirby said. ...

    Charles Arbeen, 55, of Washington state, takes a morning walk on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier last month.  St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman reopened the pier head recently.
  14. Troubled Mariners Pointe apartment complex gets new owner

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mariners Pointe Apartments, long the bane of its Pinellas Point neighbors, has been sold.

    The new owner, DWSS St. Pete LLC, is planning millions of dollars in renovations to the rundown, crime-plagued property at 1175 Pinellas Point Drive S.

    "We are completely rebranding Mariners Pointe," said Richard Willingham, one of the principals and owner of Atlanta Capital Advisors, an investment group based in Georgia. ...

  15. Traffic lights, medians near Northeast Shopping Center to ease stress

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three years since the city first proposed traffic improvements to a treacherous stretch near the Northeast Park Shopping Center, relief is on the horizon.

    The $755,000 project, which had been delayed because of funding, will receive $435,000 from the state Department of Transportation for work that will include traffic lights and a crosswalk at the shopping center's main entrance on 38th Avenue, and landscaped and concrete medians along the avenue as it winds east, becoming 40th Avenue, between Fourth and First streets....