Longtime Carrollwood Village HOA president reflects on legacy to community
After nearly four decades, Dick Woltmann is stepping down, happy with how he spent his years in leadership

Article Courtesy of  The Tampa Beacon

By Mike Camunas

Published March 27, 2024


CARROLLWOOD — Dick Woltmann will be at the tennis courts.

Or with his grandkids in St. Petersburg.

Or riding a bike in Portugal this summer.

But his heart will always be in Carrollwood Village.

Woltmann, who will turn 80 this year, is ready to enjoy retirement — from the two jobs to which he’s dedicated the past 40 years.


First, as president and chief executive of Bay Area Legal Services — a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income Tampa Bay area residents. And secondly, as president of the Carrollwood Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors — which he was for the past 35 years.

“I don’t know if I’ll miss it,” Woltmann said, “but I have three grandkids, I’m going to play tennis, I’m going on a bike ride in Portugal in the summer, so I want to do some things I haven’t done, so I’m freeing my time up with the HOA and my job.

“The job of the president of the homeowner’s association is to lead the board and get a decision made on a topic or an issue or opportunity — the object is to get the discussion going and they make the decision.

“All you can do is identify the opportunities and options, get to a consensus of the board that suits the majority of the community, but do it in a civil, cordial way.

“I tried to help make the best decisions and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Carrollwood Village has three phases of the large community, each with thousands of houses encompassing different aspects of the neighborhood. Woltmann spent 37 years on the Phase I board after moving to Carrollwood Village in 1985.

Dick Woltman, who served on the Carrollwood Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors for 37 years, is stepping down as the association’s president after 35 years. He’s looking to enjoy retirement now that he turned 80 this year.


In that time, he has overseen a multitude of changes and improvements to Carrollwood Village, some under Phase I’s purview and others in the nearby adjoining phases.

For Woltmann and Phase I, with its approximately 1,300 homes, some of the things they have undertaken is installing pickleball courts at Dan Ruskiewicz Field or working on aesthetics of Carrollwood Village Drive by planting oak trees that will eventually give the road a canopy effect.

He tackled issues such as safety along the streets and sidewalks, including overseeing the initiative of the community raising money to connect all the sidewalks and fill in the gaps. While on the board, they worked to get the Florida Highway Patrol to monitor the roads and get speedy drivers to slow down, as well as get cameras installed to help with incidents along the roads.

In that time, he also saw the installment of amenities such as the Carrollwood Cultural Center, Carrollwood Village Park and VISTA Gardens, though none of these falls under Phase I.

“Without safety,” he added, “all other aspects of what, I think, a board should be about fail. Without all the subcommittees, like the Safety Committee, we wouldn’t have been able to do what was necessary for Carrollwood Village, to improve the neighborhood, to keep it great so people want to continue to live here.”

One of the most significant parts to his HOA career was when the now Carrollwood Village Country Club was going through multiple owners and disarray through the 2000s and into early 2010s.

The course, which was Carrollwood Village Country Club when built in 1972, kept seeing owners switch hands quickly, to the point where the course was very close to being fenced in. However, it was the Phase I board’s work with the current owner, the California-based Concert Golf Partners, which kept the course open, running and thriving.

Woltmann, the board, and Concert Golf chief executive Peter Nanula, a Tampa Jesuit graduate, worked together on the sale, which would need county commission approval. Those leaders would spearhead making sure all Phase I residents' concerns and questions were addressed before the purchase was finalized, with overwhelming approval from both the community and county commission, in 2013.

“What we have tried to do is improve, continuously, the quality of life of people who live in the Village,” Woltmann said. “The big job of a leader, anywhere, is to look for threats and opportunities.

“In the case of (the golf course), it was both a threat and an opportunity that needed addressing and could improve the Village. The commission had never seen a community and a company work so well together, but it worked out to the benefit of all.”

Woltmann, however, will be missed, as other longtime board members and influential leaders in Carrollwood Village praised his leadership style.

“Dick's style has always been cool, calm, supportive, reflective,” Phase I VP and president of VISTA Gardens Jennifer Grebenschikoff said. “He encouraged all of us board members to follow our interests and passions, on behalf of our homeowners. Carrollwood Village would not be what it is today without his years of leadership.

“Going forward, newer board members will be able to pick up and continue to build upon the foundation that Dick has laid for us.”

Woltmann, added Grebenschikoff, leaves a legacy of improvements and implementing assets such as “area landscaping and lighting, maintaining the soccer fields and installing pickleball courts,” which gives the community “the energy to thrive and grow.”

But, in the end, Carrollwood is still where one will find Woltmann.

“I won’t give (the new board) unsolicited advice, but if someone asks me, I’ll let them know what I think — I’ll still be around, but I just won’t be someone who is hanging around,” he said with a laugh.

“I’m going to enjoy retirement, but a rocking chair just isn’t part of that equation.”