Friday, November 24, 2017

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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.



Barricades along Beach Drive at the intersection of Fourth Avenue NE have been erected for security at upcoming holiday events at North Straub Park. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Barricades reinforce security for holiday events on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront

ST. PETERSBURG — World and national tragedies are changing the city’s approach to security for special events at North Straub Park.With the approach of the holidays, concrete barricades have been erected at a section of the park’s perimeter,...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17
St. Petersburg has reached an agreement on a new restaurant at the Manhattan Casino.  [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Monday approved a lease for the Manhattan Casino, a landmark building in the city’s historic African-American business and entertainment community.It was a controversial decision for some of the city’s black...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

St. Petersburg council passes living wage ordinance

ST. PETERSBURG — An ordinance requiring certain city contractors to pay workers a minimum of $12 an hour was approved by City Council members Monday with some amendments. The living wage ordinance applies to businesses with major city contracts...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Homes along 10th Avenue NE, between Bay Street and Oak Street, are included in the proposed historic district in Old Northeast neighborhood.SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

St. Petersburg property owners seek historic status to protect traditional neighborhoods

ST. PETERSBURG — A pocket of the Old Northeast and another in Kenwood are seeking to become local historic districts.Their quests come just months after a previous section of the Old Northeast, a block of 10 homes, won City Council approval for...
Published: 11/15/17
SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Coral Gables developer Altis Cardinal says the loft apartments the company is building on the edge of Historic Kenwood will offer a stylish, urban alternative to higher cost living in the cityâ\u0088\u009A¢â\u0080\u009A\u0082 \u0308â\u0080\u009A\u0084¢s downtown. The first of the one- and two-bedroom loft apartments will be carved out of a six-story office building that has long sat vacant. Until a few months ago, Altis had planned to demolish a similarly empty six-story building nearby. Now the firm says it will retain it as part of the Kenwood project.

Former offices become lofts as part of $100 million development in Kenwood

ST. PETERSBURG — Coral Gables developer Altis Cardinal says the loft apartments the company is building on the edge of Historic Kenwood will offer a stylish, urban alternative to higher-cost living in the city’s downtown. The new apartments are...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/10/17
St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Gina Driscoll (center) greets voters outside of the Coliseum during Election Day on Tuesday. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

St. Pete Council District 6: Gina Driscoll wins council seat

ST. PETERSBURG — Gina Driscoll, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, will succeed outgoing Council Member Karl Nurse in District 6.Driscoll, 46, a first-time candidate backed by Nurse, defeated another political novice,...
Updated one month ago
Doc Ford's, which operates restaurants on Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach, is proposing a 250-plus seat restaurant in the former Pelican Parking Lot on the pier approach. Rendering by Lotus Architecture.

Pier restaurant site attracts pitches from local group and Fort Myers-area chain

ST. PETERSBURG — As the pilings go in for the new pier, behind the scenes other developments are taking place in the buildup to its newly projected opening day in April 2019.For now, two successful restaurant groups are vying for one coveted...
Updated one month ago
A look at the northern end of the Disston Plaza shopping center in St. Petersburg, which is getting a much-needed facelift and improved traffic access. With the exception of a Publix supermarket, all stores will remain open during construction. The old Publix, opened in 1961, will be demolished starting in November, and a new one will be built. [The Sembler Company]

Renovated Publix store will be the centerpiece of Disston Plaza upgrade

ST. PETERSBURG — The 56-year-old Disston Plaza shopping center is about to get a much-needed facelift and improved traffic access.With the exception of a Publix supermarket, the shopping center’s main anchor, all stores will remain open during...
Updated one month ago
Coral Gables developer Altis Cardinal says the loft apartments the company is building on the edge of Historic Kenwood will offer a stylish, urban alternative to higher cost living in the city's downtown. The first of the one- and two-bedroom loft apartments will be carved out of a six-story office building that has long sat vacant. .SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Former offices become lofts as part of $100 million development in Kenwood

ST. PETERSBURG — Coral Gables developer Altis Cardinal says the loft apartments the company is building on the edge of Historic Kenwood will offer a stylish, urban alternative to higher-cost living in the city’s downtown. The new apartments are...
Published: 10/25/17
Updated: 11/10/17
Patrick Norado (left), Thomas Alexander and Sepideh Eskandari talk after praying at the St. Petersburg Baha'i Center in St. Petersburg on Saturday. A group on Saturday gathered to study the teachings of the Baha'i faith.EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

Bahá’i faith celebrates 200th anniversary of birth of divine messenger Bahá’u’lláh

By WAVENEY ANN MOORETimes Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — Farah Khorsandian-Sanchez was born to Iranian parents in India, in a Bahá’í home. Her husband was born in Spain, grew up in Venezuela and is Catholic.As a Bahá’í,...
Updated one month ago