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Phuket beach businesses cleared under guise of ‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign

PHUKET: Local police and officials from the Kamala Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) took the launch of the “Keep Phuket Clean” campaign today (April 4) to heart by demolishing structures that were home to about 10 beachfront businesses deemed to be on public land.

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Tuesday 4 April 2017, 06:11PM


The “cleanup”, which attracted a crowd of Thai and foreign onlookers, began at 9am and was supervised by Lt Col Chockdee Mabangyang and Lt Col Pramual Jaikrathok of the Kamala Police.

“Business owners had been given notice that the demolitions would happen this morning,” Col Chockdee told The Phuket News.

“They had time to prepare and move their belongings out of the premises,” he added.

Col Chockdee pointed out the demolitions were approved by the Phuket Provincial Court.

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He added that the demolitions were conducted as part of the ‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign as launched by Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan in Patong earlier today. (See story here.)

“The Kamala OrBorTor is responsible for the campaign in this area. The business owners already knew that they are illegally on public land, that their businesses would be temporary,” he added.

“Tomorrow, police officers will be present for one more day to oversee and help with the ‘cleaning process’ (sic). After tomorrow, it should be complete,” Col Chockdee said.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub.

 

 

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Kurt | 06 April 2017 - 13:27:20

Is Surin Beach still a 'war zone' too?
Actually this month suppose to be the opening of that nice Surin Beach Park ( announced last year with trompets and drums) in order to honour His late Majesty King Bhumibol.
Remember?
Guess now that it was just used as a reason by local officials to clear Surin Beach of Vendors without resistance.
Very clever short term thinking.
Result at the end: Angry thai people feel fooled by local officials.
As always, at the end the truth has longer legs than the lie. Even on Phuket.

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skip | 06 April 2017 - 04:36:18

unfortunately for tourism, its another nail in the coffin. The tourism industry is the victim here. The local administration staff are only doing their job as instructed. 
If the small business owners had done everything legal from the START they wouldnt be in this predicament now. Im sure a solution is possible in time. Unfortunately by the time it is found the tourists will have gone elsewhere. Thai restaurants on or close to the beach are a must for tourism, however, they must comply with law. I have noticed the electrical wiring is nowhere near up to safety standards, dangerous to say the least, the toilets are running into pipes under the sand, the drains from the kitchens go into pipes laid under the sand, garbage is piled up outside every night etc etc. This is the result of non compliance to building, safety and health codes. These small business owners have been paying rent under the counter for years which doesnt get to the administration coffers and in turn doesnt go towards infrastructure. If we want democracy and infrastructure we need compliance to the laws. You cant have one without the other, currently its a corrupt system where the enforcers are lining their pockets and the army led by prayuth are trying to grab it back for the people. Unfortunately i think its the only feasible solution considering the rich and influential are in control of the administration and enforcement. The lean to bamboo hut style of beach eating establishments may be a thing of the past soon and it may evolve into quality establishments which comply to code with a small increase in price and a huge increase in the quality of food health,  sanitation and safety as well as taxes and rentals going into public coffers for such things as beach cleaning machines and free clean public toilets.

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opinioated farange | 05 April 2017 - 12:55:07

Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.If you are a tourist and fancy a drink or a bite to eat forget it unless you want to walk 200 meters of the beach. What the Thai authorities understand about tourism you could write on the back of a stamp.  

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BenPendejo | 05 April 2017 - 11:09:30

I took a tour of the Kamala war zone last night, and was appalled at what these foolish local officials did to this town.  Kamala is already nothing but a freeking construction site from end to end, with the only pleasant place for tourists being the village area.  Now you can scratch that off, as the town was deserted, the beach was dark and strewn with dangerous debris, and many people were just standing there looking at it and shaking their heads.  Why did they have to do this during what is left of high season, and right before one of the biggest holiday events in the country?  The local officials deserve to be run out of town.

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eric dekegel | 05 April 2017 - 07:28:17

They seems to be very proud of there job, but with the monsoon coming thy should have been destroyed by them self but then you can of course not show up. What an hypocrite behavior.

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