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).

Benoist site approved for St. Pete Pier

Rendering of the Benoist Airboat for the Benoist Centennial Plaza Waveney Ann Moore  |  Ron Whitney
Benoist Centennial Plaza will include a monument commemorating the historic first flight.

They went to the Dozier School for Boys damaged. They came out destroyed.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN   |   Times (03/19/2009) In the woods not far from the current Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, up a dirt road, and up a hill is a small cemetery with 31 unmarked graves. Some of the White House Boys think the bodies of children murdered by guards at the Florida School for Boys are buried in the cemetery. Some of the graves can be attributed to students killed in a 1914 fire. Others can be attributed to a flu epidemic that swept the campus, but not all are accounted for.
Read the classic Tampa Bay Times story that exposed a dark chapter of Florida history.

St. Petersburg’s historic preservation debate continues to simmer

The Holiday Motel on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg was among the properties involved in the hotly debated historic preservation discussion.  SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
The City Council and the Preservation Commission meet to try to iron out contentious issues, including the process that allows a third party to target a property.

City okays demolition of Driftwood house that many consider historic

The city has decided to let the Schuh family tear down this home because it has fallen into disrepair. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
The Schuh family says the home built in 1939 is uninhabitable.

Thoughts and prayers are empty words without action, Tampa Bay religious leaders say

The Very Rev. Stephen Morris speaking at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, in St. Petersburg on Aug. 4 about  the mass shootings. Courtesy of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter
Some faith leaders say it's time to speak truth to power and work for change in the aftermath of El Paso and Dayton mass shootings