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Fripp Island Home Owners Association

This Article was written By Page Miller

Fripp Island Home Owners Association

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee

The resort’s lack of funds exacerbated the relationship between property owners and the resort on significant issues beside golf. The increasing level of frustration with the resort over poor roads, absence of security guards on the bridge, failure to adhere to the covenants and the lack of a sewer system all breaches of the resort’s initial promises led to the founding of the Fripp Island Home Owners Association in the fall of 1969.

The  key founders of the association were George Douglass, Bill Huyler, Dick Smoak and Doug Lawrence, all of whom had considerable administrative experience. Douglass was vice president with traveler’s life insurance; Huyler, a former top executive with Germaine Montiel cosmetics; Smoak, a career Army officer; and Lawrence, a banker. Meeting in the study at Douglass’s house, the men mapped out plans for the new organization. The initial meeting of the Fripp island home owners Association was held at the La Tai Inn on November 8, 1969. The new organizations membership included resort managers. The stated objections were to provide a forum for the discussion of mutual concerns and are to establish a liaison for cooperation between the resort and the residents. Douglass and the other organizers intended for those who all houses to be the key constituency without associate membership category for those who all lots. The annual dues for both categories were five dollars.

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