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Waveney Ann Moore - St. Petersburg General Assignment Reporter

St. Petersburg General Assignment 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. Church members hold hands and sing during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service.
    Hassan Shibly, CEO of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida, says the U.S. must learn from its past.
  2. A look down at Bending Arc as cranes begin to raise the net-like structure over the new St. Pete Pier on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The $1.5 million sculpture from artist Janet Echelman, is scheduled to be complete in February with the Pier scheduled to open this spring. Echelman's sculpture will measure about the length of a football field, and will be suspended from 65-foot pylons. The structure will move with the wind and be illuminated at night.
    The internationally famous artist says adjustments must be made to the billowing net sculpture
  3. A new generation now participates in the annual Hanukkah gathering that was started in the mid-1960's.
    Since the 1960s, generations of a St. Petersburg and Tampa family have gathered to celebrate their faith and each other.
  4. Andy Corty poses for a portrait outside the Tampa Bay Times newsroom and offices. Corty is retiring after a career of almost 40 years with the Times Publishing Co. On Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in St. Petersburg.
    Over the course of almost four decades, Corty has been tapped to handle a wide range of responsibilities.
  5. The sign of Allendale United Methodist Church last year congratulating the couple that the Rev. Andy Oliver married at the Carter G. Woodson Museum last year.
    The 13-million worldwide denomination is poised to split between progressives who favor LGBTQ inclusion and traditionalists who have long opposed it.
  6. St. Petersburg's new 26-acre Pier District is expected, to cost about $92 million. Interior work at the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center presented by the Milkey Family Foundation is being completed, center.
    The next few weeks will bring the installation of Janet Echelman’s sculpture, a roof for the Pier head building and arrival of passenger trams.
  7. Dozens of people attended an interfaith service on Dec. 15 to remember homeless men and women who died in Pinellas County in 2019. The service included readings from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, reciting the names of the deceased and candle lighting. The National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown St. Petersburg.
    The annual service included candle lighting and a reading of names.
  8. New home owner Shanequa Shorter, left, hugs her daughter, Tamiya Tarver, 7, right, after they received the keys to their new home in Pinellas Park, Monday, December 9, 2019. Seventy-five homes are being built by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties in Tellor Estates, in Pinellas Park, over the next 24 months. "This is a dream for us, " said Shorter. "I thank all of the volunteers so much."
    The project will result in 45 new single-family homes in the next 12 months.
  9. First time shuffleboard player Missa Kes, 29, St. Petersburg, front, left, shoots her disc during an open shuffle event at the club, Friday, December 6, 2019. The club has open shuffle events for the public Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights in St. Petersburg. Friday Night Shuffles are free.
    Club members pump thousands of dollars into restoration projects at the historic Mirror Lake site
  10. St. Petersburg's new 26-acre Pier District will feature a marketplace for local vendors. It is shaded with solar panels.
    Visitors to the new Pier can expect items such as cashew brittle, island sauces, T-shirts and lots of art