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Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer

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.

Phone: (727) 892-2283

Email: wmoore@tampabay.com

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  1. No lack of issues facing St. Petersburg's six council candidates

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    The candidates for Districts 2, 4 and 6 gathered at City Hall for a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. They fielded a wide range of questions from the audience that had been vetted by the organization.

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    St. Petersburg City Council candidates (from left) Jerick Johnston and incumbent council member Darden Rice. Johnston, a political newcomer, is challenging Rice for the District 4 seat.  They appeared at Monday night's forum at City Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  2. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The commission's vote raises the budget for the 26-acre Pier District to $76 million.

    St. Petersburg officials had asked the county commission to approve reallocating $14 million in tax increment financing, or TIF funds — once meant to build a mixed-use transportation facility for the city — to the pier project and to improve transportation and parking options in downtown....

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  3. City council candidates talk on Rays, solar and sea-level rise

    Blog

    Candidates for three City Council seats took questions from a polite crowd Wednesday night during a forum organized by the Council of Neighborhood Associations.

    Residents asked about prominent issues like the Tampa Bay Rays’ quest for a stadium and the cost of the pier, but they also wanted to know the candidates’ positions on banning plastic bags, solar panels, sea-level rise, historic preservation and improvements away from downtown....

    City Hall
  4. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Back in 1985, they evacuated from their Madeira Beach condo to Davis Islands and then to a sturdy, family-owned warehouse to take shelter from Hurricane Elena. When Irma threatened this year, they were unfazed.

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    Menorah Manor director of dietary services, Michael Soronen (left), with CEO Rob Goldstein next to pallets of food, water and cleaning supplies going to two independent senior communities after Hurricane Irma. To help keep its patients safe during the storm, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [Courtesy of Menorah Manor]
  5. After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana

    Religion

    As the holiest days of the Jewish calendar approached, so did Hurricane Irma.

    While residents prepared for the storm and weighed whether to stay or evacuate, Tampa Bay's temples and synagogues secured sacred Torah scrolls and assessed how the storm could affect services and programs for the important High Holidays.

    At Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg, that meant rescheduling a visit by a renowned rabbi from the Czech Republic....

    Congregants open the ark which holds several torah scrolls during Selichot services at Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday night.
  6. St. Petersburg's Merriwether Building crumbles after Irma

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — The morning after Hurricane Irma brushed the city, Elihu Brayboy got a call saying that a portion of the south wall of the historic but condemned Merriwether Building he and his wife have owned since 2011 had collapsed.

    He arrived in time Monday to see fire officials cordoning off the area. A few hours later, he watched as the building that once served as a segregation-era hotel for visiting black baseball players, Pullman porters and entertainers was demolished....

    The Merriwether Building, in the 1000 block of 22nd Street S in St. Petersburg, was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The building once served as a segregation-era hotel for black baseball players and entertainers.
  7. Without parade, St. Petersburg neighborhoods create new Pride event

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of St. Pete Pride struck a collective nerve when they decided to move a major draw of the annual June celebration to the city's downtown waterfront.

    To the neighborhoods west of downtown that initiated the celebration and boosted it for 14 years, the move away from their LGBT businesses and community was seen as a rebuff.

    But going forward, they're launching a new, eight-day event — Come Out St. Pete — a mix of celebration and political action, to coincide with the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights....

    Some were unhappy about this year's St. Pete Pride parade moving to the downtown waterfront. But the neighborhoods west of downtown are putting on a new event in October: Come Out St. Pete from Oct. 7-15 to coincide with the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  8. Another St. Pete neighborhood laments loss of its grocery store

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Four years after bargain hunters cleared the shelves of the Sweetbay supermarket in Pinellas Point, the cavernous space once occupied by the grocery store remains empty.

    The vacant, 46,803-square-foot space and its bare parking lot add to the desolate feel of the Skyway Plaza shopping center, which also has been abandoned by others, including a Walgreens, dry cleaner and a St. Petersburg Police Department resource center....

    The grocery space at 955 62nd Ave. S. has been empty since Sweetbay left in 2013. But the lease is being paid through 2020.
  9. Driscoll wins recount by two votes, will face Bean for District 6 seat

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the end, Gina Driscoll squeaked through to the November runoff for the City Council District 6 seat with just two votes.

    In Tuesday's primary, Driscoll, 46, finished just four votes ahead of Robert Blackmon, 28, for second place.

    In machine and manual recounts Friday, Blackmon gained three votes and Driscoll one, leaving her a two-vote margin. Driscoll will now go up against Justin Bean, 30, who received the most votes of the eight District 6 candidates in the primary....

    The battle for the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council is set: Justin Bean (left) will face Gina Driscoll. The election is Nov. 7.This combination image made from two separate photos. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
  10. Blackmon, Driscoll must wait until Friday for District 6 results

    Local Government

    By WAVENEY ANN MOORE

    ST. PETERSBURG — The morning after Tuesday's election primary, Justin Bean was considering his strategy for his final step in the City Council District 6 race.

    But Gina Driscoll and Robert Blackmon, his possible rivals, were enduring a nail-biting waiting game. Separated by four votes — with Driscoll ahead — the two candidates will not know until Friday which one has qualified to run against Bean in the Nov. 7 runoff....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Gina Driscoll.SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  11. Justin Bean leads District 6 council race; Driscoll, Blackmon trail

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Justin Bean will advance to the Nov. 7 runoff for the City Council's District 6 seat. But who will join him in that race?

    Gina Driscoll led Robert Blackmon by just four votes in Tuesday night's primary. But a handful of votes still need to be reviewed. The narrow margin could trigger a recount of the race, said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections spokesman Jason Latimer....

    St. Petersburg District 6 City Council candidate Justin Bean, seen here campaigning at the Coliseum, led the voting in Tuesday's primary. He'll advance to the Nov. 7 runoff. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  12. Skyway Marina land for sale; what does that mean for $70 million project?

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — The fledgling Skyway Marina District's premier project may be on wobbly ground.

    Phillips Development and Realty, which announced plans late last year to build a $70 million mixed-use project, has put about five acres of its 9-acre site up for sale.

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    The fledgling Skyway Marina District's premier project, the Sur Club, may be on wobbly ground. Phillips Development and Realty, which announced plans late last year to build a $70 million mixed-use project, has put its 9-acre site up for sale in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Phillips Development and Realty]
  13. Questions, costs surround Janet Echelman's art for St. Pete pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman started the new year by imploring the committee charged with selecting artwork for the new Pier District to go big: They should pursue renowned artist Janet Echelman to create one of her lighted aerial sculptures for the new pier.

    "The designs that she does have energy to them and the location being over the waterfront, over water, creates that energy and it is always going to have a life," Kriseman said during the Pier Public Art Project Committee's Jan. 18 meeting. "It's always going to be different ... really cool."...

    "Dream Catcher" is Tampa artist Janet Echelman's 2017 aerial sculpture that hangs between two buildings on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. St. Petersburg is contemplating hiring Echelman to build one of her famous sculptures in the new Pier District, but questions about costs and the selection process have been raised. [Courtesy of Janet Echelman]
  14. Blackmon gains two more endorsements in District 6 race

    Blog

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council District 6 candidate Robert Blackmon has been endorsed by former City Council member Larry Williams and Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority chairman James Holton.

    Blackmon, 28, is among eight candidates running for District 6, which includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast. He is a real estate investor.

    Here's the news release announcing the endorsements:...

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Robert Blackmon.
  15. Jim Kennedy endorses City Council candidate Robert Blackmon

    Blog

    Robert Blackmon, one of eight candidates vying for the District 6 seat, has been endorsed by City Council member Jim Kennedy. 

    Kennedy, who is term limited, has also endorsed former Mayor Rick Baker, who is running against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.  

    Blackmon, 28, a real estate investor, is considered one of three front runners for District 6, which includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast. ...

    Robert Blackmon is running against seven other candidates in the District 6 primary