UU St. Pete InfoNet: IMPORTANT: Hurricane Irma/Sunday Services/Parking Lot Vote

Hurricane Preparation and Announcements



To minimize putting anyone at risk, the Board has decided to cancel UUSP activities for this coming Sunday, September 10.  That means, no discussion group, no worship service, no children's religious education, no coffee, no meetings.  


The Board urges every member to respond wisely to any City or County evacuation announcement and move to one of the City/County designated shelters if you are in a required evacuation zone.  The City and County websites for their Emergency Response Teams provide good information about preparation and evacuation, including useful maps about where the evacuation zones are located.  Such a map is attached here.  


Evacuation Zone and shelter information (PDF - Printable document)



Interactive Map: address search and shelters



Other City/County websites/resources





The City and County Emergency Response Teams will provide transportation to a shelter site if called early enough.  UUSP is willing to try to find transportation for members to shelter sites if conditions permit.  


UUSP's property is not in an evacuation zone.  Please see our other announcement about making the UUSP buildings your storm refuge.


If you need help or have questions, please contact Rev. Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net or 352-327-6166) or Board president Paul Burnore (PLBurnore@gmail.com or 678-521-7891).  We plan to be in the area as long as our kayaks stay afloat.


Rev. Jack Donovan






None of us know how severe IRMA will be, so we should all consider the following choices:  leaving home for a safer area, preparing for safety and shelter locally, or letting us know if you, or any other church member you know, needs assistance. Make sure you have water, food, medications, clothes, etc.


UUSP will make our church available for shelter to members if the storm becomes threatening and your circumstances are unsafe. We will follow weather updates and all official City/County recommendations, and also mandatory orders to evacuate. 


Please let us know if you require any assistance to get to safety or if you know of another member who needs assistance. This includes UUSP where we have volunteers who will open the church and help you. We have several members who will help you and provide transportation to your nearest community shelter, or transport you to UUSP. 


Please call or email:


Paul Burnore               678-521-7891 plburnre@gmail.com

Jack Donovan             352-327-6166 jfdonovan@bellsouth.com

Reggie Craig               727-327-2191 regcraig@mindspring.com

Laurie Clement           727-667-0822 clemclaw@yahoo.com

Andy Bragg                813-230-1351  uustpete@gmail.com






During hurricane season and when there is a threat of severe weather, please note that UUSP is located in a non-evacuation zone -- but it is also not designated as a shelter. However, even though we are not a designated shelter facility, members of our congregation are always welcome to come to our church at any time.

If you expect to stay more than a few hours, please be sure to bring food, water, and all the items recommended for storm preparedness with you as you will be responsible for taking care of yourself and your family members. And remember that we do not have showers or beds. Also, remember that utilities (water, electricity) might be out so be prepared for that possibility.

We recognize pets are also family members and they are welcome as long as they are contained in carriers or cages. Gilmour will be designated as the pet area in order to provide animal-free areas for those members who may have pet allergies.

If severe weather threatens, Rev. Jack and the Board of Trustees, working with the Buildings and Grounds Committee, will designate volunteers to open up the Church if needed. Church leadership will notify the congregation who to call to make arrangements for Church access if you are forced to evacuate and wish to stay at the Church.


UUSP Board of Trustees



Parking Lot Vote Delayed until September 17 - What Else Can Happen!?

Because of the approach of Hurricane Irma and the fact that many of our members are leaving town, I’ve asked WJA if they’d agree to another delay in our church vote. They said of course they agree.  So in order to comply with our bylaws which state that a 10-day notice is required for a special meeting, which I confirmed with our attorney Chuck Hinton, I’m announcing this today: our new vote date is Sunday, September 17. I’m assuming that more of our members will be present for the vote.


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees



Parking Lot - Letter from WJA on City Code and Environmental Practice

This letter from WJA was addressed to everyone in UUSP.  It refers to what the City code says in relation to our parking lot improvement, which seems to be in accordance with what we’ve learned and published in the past couple weeks. It also provides WJA Jason Jensen’s certification by LEED to perform sustainable projects, several local examples and references, and explains WJA’s proposed environmental improvement of our drainage, at no cost to UUSP.


This note is being made available in the interest of full disclosure to everyone to read, the link is below and it is noted on our website under Get Involved, then choose Documents.

WJA Letter Paving Storm Water




Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees