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With plans underway for the Bridge and water, the Fripp resort prepared the declaration are restricted covenants, the legal document file in the Beaufort County Courthouse that set forth the principles Kilgore believed were important for creating an upscale and attractive resort. Kilgore outlined his development goals as protection, protection, protection: protection of the islands natural beauty; protection of growth to have a sizable mix of commercial, residential and recreational properties; and protection property values.

Many of the covenants focus on the protection of trees, sand dunes and wildlife. Others establish standards for upkeep of lots and dwellings, mandating, for example, that if a lot were unkempt, the resort would clean it and send the owner a bill not exceeding $20. A number of the covenants address building requirements: there were to be only single family dwellings none of which were to exceed a two-story high level limit and no temporary structures would be to be allowed on any lot. There were to be no businesses except in designated areas and the lots were to have no commercial signs. No docks are decks were to be built without the approval of the Fripp island resort architectural review Board. Finally, Covenants establish a permanent fund to be used for landscaping, maintaining of roads and walkways and providing insect and pest control. The covenants specified that each lot owner would contribute $50 annually to this fund. Thus, before any home was built, Kilgore laid down principles many of which are still in effect that guide the development of the island.

Since Kilgore’s goals for Fripp and the country’s leaderships desire a stimulant growth were compatible, Kilgore had no difficulty in gaining support from the Beaufort delegation to the Gen. Assembly in Columbia to allow creating the Fripp island public service district. Because Fripp was a private island and not an incorporated town, this 1962 legislation later amended and expanded gave the PSD the mandatory supply water to the island. To carry out this charge, the PSD was empowered to determine water rates and to levy taxes on property. A few early wells on Fripp supplied some water, but drinking water had to be transported to the island. Thus there was a pressing need for freshwater system.

The cost bringing of freshwater to Fripp would be sizable. Thus the PSD successfully negotiated the issue in of $280,000 worth of bonds from one of the firms that had underwritten the building on the bridge. On August 20, 1965, the first freshwater was piped into Fripp island. Kilgore’s presided over a turning all celebration. The water came from 130 foot well on St. Helena, and a pipe brought it to 12 miles to Fripp, where it was stored in a 75,000 gallon elevated water storage tank, the only one of its type in the lower coastal area of South Carolina at the time

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