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Waveney Ann Moore - St. Petersburg and Religion Reporter

St. Petersburg and Religion Reporter

I cover a variety of topics, from neighborhoods to religion to projects such as the St. Petersburg Pier. I learn something new every day, whether it’s about preservation issues, the surprises that have cropped up for some homeowners about submerged lands under their docks, or the way people live their faith –- or not! My work includes meeting fascinating people, among them Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Santeria priest who was a devout parishioner at a local Catholic church, and would-be politicians who want to shape their part of the world. I was born in Guyana, South America, when there was no television and grew up a voracious reader. And for the many who ask about my name, there actually is a Waveney river in England (actually, it's called River Waveney).

  1. Joe Waller and a group of men in 1966, just before they were arrested for ripping down the mural which hung in St. Petersburg City Hall.
  2. Left to Right: Nancy Day and Hazel Hudson-Allen, both of St. Petersburg, harvest yellow onions at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg on Thursday. St. Augustine's Episcopal Church and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church began working on farming project — the Benison Farm — at St. Augustine's last year.
  3. Children partake in a learning session about marine life put on by Tampa Bay Watch during the opening of the $93 million, 26-acre Pier District on July 6 in St. Petersburg.
  4. Friends George King, 70, a security guard at Isla Key condominiums, and John Arasa, 74, a resident, pose for a portrait on July 21 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Elena Miyaras, 83, (foreground right) prays during morning services at Saint Jude the Apostle Cathedral on May 31.
  6. Neil J. Davis
  7. The historic Melrose Clubhouse, located on the campus of Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg. It was built as a meeting place for the City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs and dedicated in 1942.
  8. An avocado finial in Historic Kenwood created by Mike Toth.
  9. Visitors walk along the 26 acre, $92 million St. Petersburg Pier District, Monday, July 6, 2020 s the pier opened to he public.
  10. The new St. Petersburg Pier and its $92 million dollar Pier District will open on July 6 to the public. This image was shot on June 28 at the South Yacht Basin near Albert Whited Airport.
  11. St. Petersburg's inverted-pyramid Pier, which opened in 1973.
  12. Workers finish concrete work outside of Doc Ford's restaurant, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Diners will have views of St. Petersburg's new pier, Tampa Bay and downtown St. Petersburg. The pier is scheduled to open July 6, 2020.
  13. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman shows an electronic information board near the entrance to the $92 million, 26-acre Pier District on June 25. The Pier is expected to open on July 6. The new Pier also features a $1 million playground, a splash pad, marketplace and center to teach visitors about Tampa Bay's ecosystem.
  14. The $92 million St. Petersburg Pier and Pier District will open on July 6. This image was shot on June 28 from the South Yacht Basin near Albert Whited Airport.
  15. In 1965, Leon Jackson was one of 12 African-American police officers in St. Petersburg who filed a lawsuit to be treated equally with their white colleagues. Lately, he's been proud to see so many African-Americans leading law enforcement departments around the country, but he wants them to know on whose shoulders they are standing. Jackson has written a book, "Urban Buffalo Soldiers, the Story of St. Petersburg's Courageous Twelve," that tells about the indignities they experienced as black police officers and their fight for equality.
  16. The historic YMCA in downtown St. Petersburg
  17. Construction continues on the new St. Petersburg Pier on May 22.
  18. A wooded area is seen near Calvary Chapel, located at 8900 US 19 in Pinellas Park. Neighboring residents opposed a planned multifamily development on a portion of the Calvary property.
  19. Uhuru Chairman Omali Yeshitela, in center, speaks while standing with about 20 supporters and fellow Uhuru members on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall on Monday. Yeshitela addressed the plaque that is planned to be installed in City Hall at the spot where a racially offensive mural was torn down by him in 1966.
  20. Joe Waller, now known as Omali Yeshitela, and a group of men in 1966, just before they were arrested for ripping down a mural that hung in St. Petersburg City Hall.
  21. Janet Echelman's aerial net sculpture for the new St. Pete Pier, Bending Arc, is back after being sent to Washington state for adjustments. It's being rehung this week in anticipation of the Pier's reopening.
  22. Katie Bandel and her guide dog Charlie