Carolyn was born in Miami, Florida, the 7th of 9 children. Her mother was part of the NASA team that
put the first man on the moon, and her father was a community leader who was elected to the Florida
Senate in 1966. Today, she says his commitment to public service still inspires her own desire to serve.
Growing up, Carolyn witnessed the neighborhood consequences of Florida's uncontrolled development,
and it led her to study the new field of landscape architecture at the University of Florida. There, she
learned how to plan for growth that is community-conscious.
After receiving her bachelor degree in 1985, she worked for a top firm in developing the Regency Square area, Sawgrass and The Players Club. She went on to start her own landscape architecture firm, which had successful projects nationwide. Locally, her projects involved several Duval County Schools, the Atlantic Boulevard flyover, and State Road 9-A improvements. She retired from her successful business when the time came to devote herself to her family.
"My career allowed me to create safe, comfortable spaces for families to use and enjoy," she recalls. "I learned that the best kind of development contributes to the community." She cites Atlantic Beach's Town Center and its parks as examples. Carolyn knows that residents of Atlantic Beach value their quality of life and the natural resources that enhance it.
"Development must be community-compatible," she explains. For Atlantic Beach, she says, that means development must be thoughtfully planned to avoid over-building. "We live in a community that many of us call 'paradise,' " she notes. "People love this town the way I do, and they don't want everything about Atlantic Beach to be 'improved' upon."
She understands our community values because she is a long-time resident herself. She married her
college sweetheart, Jeff, a veterinarian, in the oceanfront gazebo at 4th Street in Atlantic Beach. They raised their children, Madelyn and Hiatt, right here. Today they're also the proud parents of two cats
and two dogs that "rule the roost" in their old Atlantic Beach home.
Carolyn has always been active in the Atlantic Beach community, often in leadership positions.
Besides being involved in her children's school, PTA and extracurricular activities, she's held
both appointed and elected posts in city government:
Two terms (one as Chairman) on the newly-created Atlantic Beach Beautification Committee.
Two terms on Community Development Board, where she opposed high-rise condominiums
on Johnston Island (ultimately leading to our 35' building height limit).
City of Atlantic Beach Commission 2007; reelected 2009, unopposed and with citywide support.
No other candidate offers the ability, experience, commitment and proven track record that Carolyn
Woods provides as your next Mayor.