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Phuket beach clubs told, ‘Get out in 30 days’

PHUKET: All 39 restaurants, clubs and other businesses still operating along Surin Beach must close down and quit their premises by April 18.

By Nattapat Tuarob

Monday 23 March 2015, 03:50PM

An official pins an eviction notice to one of the remaining restaurants.

An official pins an eviction notice to one of the remaining restaurants.

Eviction notices signed by Ma-Ann Samran, Chief of the Cherngtalay Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor), have been pinned to each business block along the walkway, including the internationally renowned Catch Beach Club and its sister Bimi Beach Club.

“The notice gives them 30 days to leave the buildings. If they disagree and want to appeal, they can do so within 15 days; that’s their right according to the regulations,” Veera Kerdsirimongkol, Thalang District Chief, told The Phuket News.

Any appeal must be submitted to the OrBorTor, accompanied by proof that the businesses have the legal right to continue operating on public land.

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“The buildings cannot be torn down because they are government property, built by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor) and the OrBorTor.

“After the current business operators leave, we will manage the buildings and allocate them to those who are affected by the current beach reorganisation, such as massage therapists and beverage sellers, or we will turn them into something for public use,” he added.



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SurinBoy | 07 May 2015 - 03:09:12

What a shame, Surin Beach is one of the better Beaches in Phuket.  Leave it alone and don't turn it into a dump.

Ed Sanders | 26 March 2015 - 14:50:29

No Melanie, Kamala bay is exempt from anyone following rules. This is likely due, at least in part, to the fact that there is an active jetski and taxi/tuktuk mafia that has determined that rules do not apply in Kamala. They are just fine with their filthy cigarette butt-littered beach and their filthy black-water klongs that foul the entire bay.

melanie hall | 26 March 2015 - 11:54:31

Why has this happened? What about Kamala Bay? Same restriction going forward?

Ed Sanders | 25 March 2015 - 02:05:22

@Derngt - I am a quality tourist because I follow rules and laws, even though nobody else does, I go to the beach every day, and I pick up trash wherever I go, unlike most russians, chinese and french that leave their crap right where they sat and stuffed their cigarette butts in the sand all day. I also don't cook, so I eat out every day and night, but I don't patronize pretentious, wanna...

derngt | 24 March 2015 - 16:59:09

Ed Sanders please explain to me how you are a quality tourist.  How often do you go to the beach, do you spend money at the different restaurants.  Quality tourist want a variety of venues to eat, drink etc.  

Ed Sanders | 24 March 2015 - 00:08:10

Don't let the door hit you in the arse Fast Eddie, that'll leave more room on the beach for me and other quality tourists. Of all the criticisms of Surin, it is one of the few beaches where the local officials are carrying out the law, and returning the beach back to the local community. Hopefully they manage the place with restraint, or it will simply return to a different version of the ...

CT Resident | 23 March 2015 - 21:56:52

Totally stinks! Open door to yet more corruption and Surin Beach will be ruined. I was fully in favour of clearing the beach but this is going to far. When oh when will the corrupt officials who allowed all this to happen in the first place be prosecuted and the millions (yes it is millions) of baht be stripped from their bank accounts?

Fast Eddie | 23 March 2015 - 19:01:54

So the buildings will be handed over to Masseurs and Beverage sellers. And exactly who will be the customers. I have been going to Surin at least 12 times a year for the last 5 years, i can tell you now i will be spending my money in the Philippines from now on

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