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Good Changes Come to Fripp

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John Lee

This Article was written By Page Miller

Good Changes Come to Fripp

Although the service Corporation of South Carolina handled the initial negotiations for the purchase of Fripp island resort, it formed a subsidiary called the Fripp island development Corporation to purchase and operate the island. 13 savings and loans composed the new Corporation, and they subsequently elected Jack Lawrence Chairman of the board and John Hardin president. The 13 financial institutions shared in the decision-making with contributions based on network of each individual institutions. Fripp Island  Real Estate

After the various deeds for the purchases had been recorded, the Beaufort Gazette estimated the sale price of the entire deal at approximately $3.5 million. John Hardin, as president of the newly formed Fripp island development Corporation, asserted that the occasion of the signing knowledge papers: we want to make Fripp the finest development off its kind, and we have the strength of our member savings and loans associations to have to do it. Hardin emphasized that Fripp could continue to operate as both a resort and vacationers and as a place for year around leisure and retirement living. Bill Merritt, the president all American federal savings and loan in Greenville, Bill Smith, president of standard savings and loan loans in Columbia, subsequently purchased homes on Fripp. Thus all the 13 leading institutions, four had chief executives who visited the island frequently.

The Fripp island development Corporation had purchased a woefully neglected island. Just three months after the deeds had been filed, in a mailing to all members the Fripp island homeowners Association reported on positive changes: roadsides are being cleaned, brush and we get down, trees pruned and the accumulation of unsightly junk is disappearing. Other welcome the changes were the corporation’s employment of uniform guards on duty at the bridge entrance 24 hours a day and the downward adjustment of prizes in the island liquor and grocery store to make them competitive with prices in town.

After addresses some of the cosmetic and easily accomplished task, the new developers focus on land planning, data gathering and conducting extensive engineering and architectural studies. Considerable work was needed on the basic infrastructure off halting beach erosion, providing adequate water and building a sewer treatment plant. Expanding the Capt. John Fripp villas, developing new neighborhoods to bring in revenue and building additional recreational facilities were also priorities.

In presenting their master plan for Fripp Island, the new management make clear they were steering toward a new path. With his stated priorities of preserving the ecology of the island and maintaining a tranquil family oriented atmosphere, the owners decided to dismantle the inn, which experienced only limited success in attracting conventions. They also plan to convert the sleeping rooms into efficiency suite condominiums. The restaurant and bar portion of the original La Tai Inn, later called the Fripp island inn, became the beach club. Families, not conventions, became the focus. The Fripp island development corporation’s promotional flyer stated: Fripp Island is not a commercial resort spa. Rather, it’s a private, full serviced residential community. The emphasis on full serviced which meant attention to appearance, the quality of the recreational facilities and guards on the bridge reduced much of the tension that had existed between the previous resort owners and the residents.

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Approval of the Sale

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Approval of the Sale

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee

 

The rationale for the sale was offered to the stockholders of the Fripp Island Resort in an unsigned memorandum. The document asserted that because all the ongoing conflict between the three separate corporations the resort, the inn and the golf club development on the island was at a virtual stalemate. Additionally, the golf course was in extremely poor condition and had no clubhouse, but the resort did not have sufficient capital to purchase the property. Thus the memo strongly recommended that the stockholders accept the offer from the coalition of savings and loans. Our alternative would be running the risk all a possible forced sale of the island in the near future in which event and assets would probably bring only a fraction of their true value. Fripp Island Real Estate

On July 26, 1972, stockholders Fripp Resort Lodging, Inc., which owns the inn, met and agreed to accept the savings and loans offer on $1.2 million for the land and buildings. Two days later on July 28, stockholders on the Fripp Island Resort, met and approve an offer all $850,000 for their entire assets, which include all of the lots that had not been purchase as well as all the undeveloped land, approximately half on the island. The members of the country club also met that day and agreed to the price of $325,000 for the golf course. The package deal also included the bridge that connected Fripp and Hunting Islands.

For many Fripp island property owners, the sale price for the country club was a bitter pill to swallow. Some individuals were even ready to go to the bank and make sizable contributions towards the effort keeping the golf course in the hands on the homeowners. Yet George Douglass, the present all the homeowners association, argued that the money that could be raised would be insufficient and that selling the course was the only realistic option. As a private entity, without the support of the resort, the country club had not found a viable way for handling the debt and maintenance of the course. Fripp island home and lot owners, who had paid $1000 and $1500 just a few years earlier for certificates of membership in the Fripp Island Country Club, were dismayed to learn that was all debts have been paid, the redemption of membership certificates realized only about $200. However, as one resident pointed out, they had paid no dues and thus had three years of unlimited golf at no extra charge.

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The Purchase of Fripp Island SC

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This Article was written By Page Miller

The Purchase of Fripp Island SC

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee

 

In reminiscing about the purchase, Hardin noted that in 1972 almost all of the holdings of South Carolina S&Ls were in residential mortgages, which were limited by state usury laws to a maximum interest rate of 8%. With national to rates well exceeding this level, these institutions needed to explore ways to diversify their investment portfolios. Toward the end of the 1960s, the regulations of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Board included a new provision allowing these lending institutions to form coalitions to buy and developed commercial properties. South Carolina Oceanfront Homes for sale

Bill Bowen, who in 1970 and purchase one of the first Capt. John Fripp villas, also facilitated the purchase. As the executive director of the South Carolina savings and loan league, he had been instrumental in establishing the service Corporation of South Carolina, with assets of $1.3 billion, and positioning the 45 participating S&L members to take advantage of new investment opportunities. Early in 1972 Hardin and Lawrence proposed the purchase of Fripp at a meeting in Columbia of the service Corporation of South Carolina. The consensus among the savings and loan lenders was that Fripp Island was a beautiful island with great potential and that since the current owner of financial difficulties, the island could probably be purchase at an advantageous price.

Although neither Hardin nor Lawrence at any resort management experience, they knew that if they were to invest in Fripp island resort, they want to own all the various interests of the island: the bridge, the inn, the resort facilities, the golf course interests, including his home and the Fripp plantation on St. Helena, where work on a graph course had begun but had never been finished. South Carolina Oceanfront Homes for sale

Savings and Loan Coalition

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Savings and Loan Coalition

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee

Charlie Spencer, a rock Hill attorney, played a pivotal role in brokering the transfer of the ownership from Jack Kilgore, the original developer, who a coalition of savings and loan. Spencer built one of the first houses on Fripp and sequently became a member of the board own and managed the inn. His son, Chuck Spencer, who was only a teenager at the time, recently recall his father saying that Fripp had become stagnant, the golf course had withered away, these stockholder were fed up as something to be done to prevent foreclosures. Thus Charlie Spencer discussed with his close friend John Hardin the possibility of a coalition S&Ls acquiring Fripp. Having planning to seed that led to the purchase, Spencer’s law firm handle the eventual transaction. Fripp Island SC

 

Hardin, who headed a rock Hill savings-and-loan, subsequently talk to Jack Lawrence, the chief officer of a savings and loan in Greenwood. Both own oceanfront home on Fripp and both were seeking promising investor’s opportunities for their financial institutions. Coastal investments sounded particular to Lawrence, who was familiar with sizable investment of Jim Self, the president Greenwood Mills, in Hilton Head’s Sea Pines plantation, where the primary road is Greenwood Drive.  Fripp Island SC