Sunday, September 23, 2018


Waveney Ann Moore

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.

City officials say they have fixed a timing issue at the new traffic light at Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg that should help alleviate traffic issues.

City says Disston Plaza traffic issues fixed

ST. PETERSBURG — Tim Funderburk, traffic signal coordinator for the city, says the problem that was causing traffic to back up at the new Disston Plaza entrance has been solved.The plaza at 3501 49th St. N was recently revamped and an...
Published: 09/20/18
The $25 million Maximo Marina renovation, begun in 2016 is nearly complete. The marina can now accommodate boats up to 100 feet long. The view is looking west.

Maximo Marina, long established on a canal off Boca Ciega Bay, completes a multimillion-dollar renovation

ST. PETERSBURG — The $25 million Maximo Marina renovation off Boca Ciega Bay is almost complete, but for a few punch list items.Located in the Skyway Marina District on the city’s southern tip, the facility boasts 212 covered wet...
Published: 09/18/18
Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg recently added a traffic signal on 49th Street in front of the plaza. People have expressed concern the new exit will create problems. .MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times

New entrance and traffic signal frustrate drivers at Disston Plaza shopping center

ST. PETERSBURG — Disston Plaza, with its freshly paved and striped parking lot, newly planted palm trees and just-opened Publix, began to draw traffic complaints weeks before shoppers thronged the supermarket Saturday.Besides Publix, the...
Published: 09/14/18
George Mitcheson, the first customer at the newly opened Publix at Disston Plaza, showing off the new dollar bill he received.

Publix fan adds another first

ST. PETERSBURG — When Publix employees pulled up to the new Disston Plaza store about 4 a.m. Saturday, their first customer, George Mitcheson, was waiting.The ribbon cutting wouldn’t happen for three hours.
Published: 09/13/18

Catholic Charities’ executive director departs as agency expands its mission

Times Staff Writer Mark Dufva, executive director of Catholic Charities, is no longer on the job. The announcement came on the very day of a groundbreaking ceremony for the agency’s first affordable housing in Citrus...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Rabbi Philip Weintraub meets with congregants at Black Crow Coffee Shop. Rabbi Weintraub is replacing longtime rabbi Rabbi Emeritus Jacob Luski. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

Synagogue’s new rabbi settles in amid preparations for the important High Holidays

ST. PETERSBURG — Rabbi Philip Weintraub waited in the coffee house where tantalizing palm-size muffins beckoned.Before long, several members of Congregation B’nai Israel joined him for a free-ranging conversation that touched on a recent...
Updated one month ago
Deveron Gibbons

St. Petersburg City Council scuttles 2-acre development project

ST. PETERSBURG — An ambitious plan to build a gas station, convenience store, soul food restaurant and medical services building near Perkins Elementary School appears to have met its demise.City Council members have decided against giving...
Updated one month ago
Bishop Gregory L. Parkes,shown here  during the observance of the 50th anniversary of the canonical establishment of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg  in June, said he was shocked by what he heard at a discussion Wednesday about race.  LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to The Times

Bishop ‘shocked’ at anecdotes during Catholic discussion on race

TAMPA — Bishop Gregory Parkes listened as parishioners in his diocese — black and white, Hispanic and Asian — called out racism in the Catholic church and offered suggestions for its eradication.They had braved earlier thunderstorms Wednesday...
Updated one month ago
Dale Brown, Director of the Diocese of St. Petersburg's lay pastoral ministry Institute and liaison for the Black Catholic Ministry at St. Peter Claver.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Tampa Bay Catholics to confront issues of race

TAMPA — During Mass, Catholics offer each other the sign of peace by shaking hands with those around themBut black Catholics Gerri Drummond and Dale Brown can recall times when white parishioners avoided the ritual, or deliberately changed pews...
Updated one month ago
The dock area features water and sand play and a docked Benoist plane (

St. Petersburg’s $1-million Pier playground to be ‘one of a kind’

ST. PETERSBURG — The city will spend $1 million for what officials are calling an out-of-this-world playground for the $76 million Pier District.The more than 12,000-square-foot amenity will feature wood and other natural materials and children...
Updated one month ago