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Kilgore planned for the sale of lots to be the financial engine for developing much of the island’s infrastructure. Yet before lots could be surveyed and sold, Kilgore had to develop a design for the island. Kilgore had aerial photographs taken, which as he recalled showed the as a complete jungle. He went to see Charles Fraser, the expert on Hilton Head, for counsel. I really y admired the work Charles Fraser was doing, Kilgore said, he was an inspiration and an enormous help in drawing up our plans. Using the aerial photo, one of Fraser’s employees assisted in conceptualizing the master plan that highlighted sensitivity to the natural environment, used cu-de-sacs to create semi-private neighborhoods, provided numerous access points to the beach and emphasized low-density development. The early layout of roads had about a dozen subdivisions. Between every four to six oceanfront lots there were twenty foot wide pathways providing access to the beach front island property owners.

Some of the specifics of Kilgore’s first design never came to pass, thwarted by either Mother Nature are lack of finances. The original concept only showed a marina situated where the current tennis courts are located. Kilgore had hoped that the tributary from the old house Creek that cut through the marsh in the center of the island would be dredging and widened to provide access to a boating club that would be just 800 feet from the ocean and close to the proposed Beach club. Even with extensive dredging, navigating was possible only during a few hours around high tide. By 1964, architectural drawings of proposed Fripp island motel, two-story apartment’s buildings and convention center with a 600 seat auditorium in the Beaufort Gazette. But the master plan for this luxury resort complex proved to be a more ambitious undertaking that was financially possible.

However, the basic plans for Fripp coincided with the county’s desire to grow. In 1960, the time Kilgore was launching his vision for Fripp island, Beaufort County was undertaken a major advertising program to attract more winner and permanent residents to the area. The Chamber of Commerce, in announcing the new promotional initiative, had boasted, Beaufort County is now in its best position since World War II to offer prompt service to winter visitors and retire retiring new residents. The chamber recognize that the one of the county’s major attractions was its islands and claimed that there are more than 64 major islands in the country and hundreds of small ones, given Beaufort more water frontage mileage than any other county in the entire United States. Placing advertisements in major newspapers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, the chamber command commended the equitable climate and a most attractive place to live for those who desire boating, fishing hunting, and the outdoor live far crowded cities in congested areas