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).

Passover rituals take on childlike wonder at Temple Beth-El's Early Childhood Center

About 75 children who attend Temple Beth- El’s Early Childhood Center participated in an interactive Passover Seder meal on Wednesday at the temple in St. Petersburg. The Seder meal was led by Rabbi Michael Torop. Left to right- Olivia Keener, 3, Grey Hinkle, 3, and Brayden Bartosiak, 3, all of St. Petersburg, hold their matzo up during Rabbi Torop’s explanation of its significance in the meal. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
In St. Petersburg, Rabbi Michael Torop offers magic tricks, song and puppets to convey the story and lessons of Passover to little ones

St. Petersburg denies historic status for Holiday Motel

The Holiday Motel on Fourth  Street may be demolished to make way for new development. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
A preservation group is trying to protect the well-known Fourth Street structure

Daystar Life Center to hold annual breakfast

Dr. Roy Kaplan to be honored

‘Sully’ Sullenberger to join local monument advisory board

The World’s First Airline Monument Project, which will commemorate the historic 1914 flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa and back with a monument in the Pier District, has a new member on its honorary advisory board. The new member is Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan in 2009 after both engines were disabled.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River is part of an effort to honor Tony Jannus’ historic flight

Can the Dali museum expand on city-owned land without a new vote? Yes it can.

A line forms before a fundraiser at St. Petersburg's Dali Museum, which plans a $38 million expansion. Recently, Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke in support of putting Pinellas County bed tax money toward the project, saying the museum has boosted local tourism. [Times (2016)]
St. Petersburg is known for protecting its waterfront from development. But a planned $38 million expansion of the Salvador Dalí Museum is on solid ground, thanks to a 2004 referendum.