Waveney Ann Moore, St. Petersburg General Assignment Reporter

Waveney Ann Moore

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).

The St. Pete Pier is expected to open next spring, but the restaurant at its end will be delayed

Workers pour the concrete for the fourth floor of the pier head building in April. The operation involved 80 workers, 77 concrete trucks and 767 cubic yards of concrete. [City of St. Petersburg]
It's another hitch for the St. Pete Pier, which has encountered obstacles through the years. Now one of its signature restaurants won't open on time

St. Petersburg's Congregation B'nai Israel celebrates the LGBTQ community with its fourth annual Pride Shabbat

Rabbi Bryan Mann, is senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon. Mann, who is gay, will be the guest speaker at the Fourth Annual Pride Shabbat on Friday, at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Bryan Mann]
Congregation B'nai Israel in St. Petersburg has ordered rainbow-colored head coverings for its annual Friday evening Pride service, which will be followed by a ‘fabulous’ cocktail party

Fewer parishioners, less money has Tampa Bay churches selling off property

First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg is hosting two other churches, but attendance at its own services is still  sparse, particularly once the seasonal residents leave. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
Thousands of churches across the country are forced to sell their properties or even close each year. Some are in the Tampa Bay area

Habitat for Humanity to build its largest affordable housing development yet in Pinellas Park

Nathalia Richards, 28, and her daughter Nalani Gamble, 2, will be among the first to move to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties' Tellor Estates development. With a goal of 75 single-family homes, it will be Habitat's largest project to date. [WAVENEY ANN MOORE |  Times]
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties plans a 75-home development that will be its largest project of affordable homes so far

The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg buys downtown land for expansion plans

Rabbi Alter Korf of The Chabad Center of Greater St. Petersburg visits a vacant lot at 533 Fourth St. North where a new center will be built. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
As St. Petersburg's Jewish population shifts with the city's downtown growth, the Chabad Jewish Center buys property nearby to better serve the community