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Phuket jet-ski operators warned over beach occupation

PHUKET: The Phuket Marine Office has warned jet-ski operators not to occupy beach areas beyond the terms laid out in the “10% beach management policy” – or else face possible eviction from the sands at all Phuket beaches.


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Monday 26 June 2017, 05:32PM

The Phuket Marine Office issued a written warning to the Phuket Jet-ski Association on Friday (June 23) stating that jet-ski operators specifically at Kata Beach are no longer to park vehicles, both unpowered and powered, used to transport jet-skis to and from the beach parked on public land.

The warning states that should the jet-ski operators fail to adhere to the warning, a further letter will be sent to the Phuket Provincial Office who will then decide whether jet-skis should be removed from the beach.

Director of the Phuket Marine Office, Surat Sirisaiyad, told The Phuket News today (June 26), “I didn’t know until last Wednesday (June 21) that trailers and jeeps used to tow jet-skis to and from Kata Beach had been parked on the beach itself. I would like to thank The Phuket News for bringing this to my attention.

“We have now issued a letter to the Phuket Jet-ski Association urging them to better organise these jet-ski operators,” he said.

The warning, signed by Mr Surat, reminded jet-ski operators to abide by the 10% beach-management rules as laid out under the order by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

“Trailers and vehicles (jeeps) have been parked on Kata Beach as if jet-ski operators own public land. They do not share public land with other people which is very inappropriate. This makes the area unsightly and also means beachgoers cannot use the areas where the vehicles are parked,” said the warning.

“Please drop off the jet-skis at the beach in the morning and then remove the vehicles from the area. If any vehicles used for transporting jet-skis are seen on the beach, the Phuket Marine Office will send a letter to Phuket Provincial Office asking them to consider removing jet-skis from the beach.”

Asked whether the jet-skis operator’s licences would be revoked should the warning be ignored, Mr Surat said, “I do not have the authority to revoke jet-ski licences, but I can report the issue to Phuket Provincial Office.

“The action of the Kata Beach jet-ski operators will affect all members of the Phuket Jet-ski Association,” he said.

“If jet-ski operators do not follow our request and cause problems they will not be on the beach anymore,” Mr Surat added.

When contacted by The Phuket News about the issue, Wanchai Saetan, Public Works Chief at Karon Municipality, said, “All issues regarding jet-skis must go via the Phuket Marine Office.

“This issue is the responsibility of Phuket Marine Office,” was all he had to say.



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petermach | 28 June 2017 - 18:02:12

the only way is to ban jetski , noisy , polluting , dangerous and in the hands of scammers

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Bigaresort | 27 June 2017 - 19:01:17

There is only one way!DONT RENT ONE! Period!


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Kurt | 27 June 2017 - 12:28:19

Marcher:  Impossible to get done what you suggest.
When you read the comments here, when you read how authorities play the 'jet ski ball' from department to department ( not I but they are responsible), just to avoid getting involved, if you see how jet skies, their means of transport, gasoline refueling, etc, etc happens/take place, than you may conclude the these operators are to powerful/influential to get in line with laws and rules.
They rule the Phuket beaches and waves, not the authorities.
The prove you see all over the beaches daily.

And what you see daily happening, the authorities see it daily happening too.
Including the daily illegal disturbing way of car and trailer parking parking, jet ski transports, etc.

A relative small group of beach entrepeneurs are ruling the beaches, underlining the powerlessness of authorities who just shuffle the hot potato from department to department and come up with 'warnings' only.
Everybody happy. Work done.

When newspapers go out next month they can make the same photos as we see now.
Nothing changed by than. Will be followed by another 'warning'. Perhaps first a meeting of several departments about who should issue the 'warning'.

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marcher | 27 June 2017 - 11:03:43

The best, perhaps only, solution is to ban jet skis altogether. Give them a deadline to remove them and if not done confiscate them

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Discover Thainess | 27 June 2017 - 09:28:26

@Nasa12: these rules are broken every day, if any authorities wanted to enforce the laws then they can visit any of the beaches any day to see this, as per comment from @benpendejo. But it's seems clear no one wants the laws enforced apart from tourists. So if I send photos to Phuket News, do you think laws will suddenly be enforced ? If so, it's certainly worth a try. 

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Nasa12 | 27 June 2017 - 07:15:43

The Jet- Ski most be in the water before 10.00 and NOT on the sand. And they can NOT driving car or saleng 
on the beach be twin 10.00 and 16.00, And on the topp off that they can NOT filling Gasoline on the beach or in the water. And every Contract about rent a Jet-Ski (Scamming) most be writing in the water on the Jet-Ski NOT on the land. So if some body se some wrong mack some picture or movie and send to this News Paper. Have a nice day 2 you all :)

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Discover Thainess | 27 June 2017 - 07:02:52

Oh look, here is a buck, let's pass it quickly! One assumes the different authorities always say it's someone else's responsibility as by the law these jetskis are illegal, therefore no one is actually allowed to issue "licenses" for them to operate. A cursory glance at the vehicles that drive the jetskis to the beach shows them to be illegal, no registration in the windows of the towing vehicles, no registration on the trailers, multiple trailers towed by a single vehicle, driving on the beach, etc etc. all illegal. So why no enforcement of traffic laws as a start? Hmmmm, I wonder why that is ?? Very strange !

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Gat Huckle | 26 June 2017 - 21:07:53

I'm sure the jet ski operators are shaking in their boots. Have the 'authorities' had a look at Patong Beach lately? It's covered from one end to the other with trailers, trucks, tractors and all manner of other things as if they own the beach. Why? Because for all intents and purposes they DO own the beach, and no threats from the Marine Office will change that. Why do they bother even talking about it? The new tin shack look of the beach side restaurants near Loma Park who were supposed to be out by mid-April is also a nice touch. Fits right in with the rest of the mess. The mayor should be ashamed of herself.

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BenPendejo | 26 June 2017 - 20:28:14

Hello hello Mister Director of the Phuket Marine Office... I know it is a long way from your air conditioned office, but some day you should come up to Kamala and see all the trucks parked on the well as everything else they have all over the beach.

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