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Phuket Surin Beach buildings destroyed

Phuket Surin Beach buildings destroyed

PHUKET: Officials started demolishing the shorefront buildings at Surin Beach this morning (Apr 20), after years of deliberation and objection by tenants at the site.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 20 April 2016, 09:24AM

More than 30 officers and 60 police are present for the demolition, including Royal Thai Navy personnel and Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) chief MaAnn Samran.

The demolition team began pulling down the buildings just before 9am after serving months of notice to tenants to vacate their premises.

Already destroyed are the Catch and Bimi beach clubs as well as Pradab and Red’s Tablecloth restaurants. Work on deconstructing Zazada, at the northern end of Surin Beach, is underway.

As recently as Monday (Apr 18), about 36 tenants who occupy the Surin beachfront buildings urged the Phuket Governor to at least delay the deadline – and even to reconsider the demolitions altogether.

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However, Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongtada only assured the tenants that officials will act in full accordance of the law. (See story here.)

Officials have long maintained that the buildings are being destroyed so that Surin Beach could be “restored to its natural beauty.

Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat yesterday (Apr 19) noted that Phuket has 50 beaches, and that Surin Beach was to become a beach honouring HM The King and Queen.

“At present, the land adjoining Surin Beach has been encroached by beach operators both Thai and foreigner, however, on April 20 officials will visit the area and demolish all illegal structures, and in one year Phuket must transform it into Rajabhakti Park, a place of education for the future,” he said. (See story here.)

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Kurt | 14 May 2017 - 16:53:53

Sam hayman:  Words, just words from a arm chair in a AC office.
As we say, the truth has longer legs than the lies of Phuket officials.
They all loose face by the time, right? Time after time.

Sam hayman | 13 May 2017 - 16:41:17

"in one year Phuket must transform it into Rajabhakti Park, an place of education for the future,” he said. "

Its 1 year ( 13th May 2017 ) and nothing has been done.

slippery snake | 08 June 2016 - 13:16:53

Hope they plan a few cafes and restaurants,  where do you have to go for bite to eat or a coffee, beer etc, will kill the tourists, maybe that's the idea ?   every where I go they say business is so slow now days..  People are going to other countries now except the Chinese and they are mostly on tours....  

Christy Sweet | 22 April 2016 - 07:58:26

Richard,  Ma'Ann should have resigned the office when he took over the football club- both of which are full time jobs, how can he possibly administer both effectively? I have mixed thoughts on your statement about money going back home, aren't foreigners entitled to their profits? While I know surely a lot of money..evaporated, that's fairly standard procedure in this nation, razing t...

Richard Vickers | 21 April 2016 - 20:59:06

Mostly good points Christy, just don't agree with your concept that Surin was some great money maker for the community and a great place for this activity.  The bulk of the revenue went to a small handful of people that really had no right to be there in the first place. Most of the revenue was also likely shipped back to home countries, with Phuket left to suffer the consequences of increases...

Christy Sweet | 21 April 2016 - 09:25:54

But there is already miles and miles of "virgin" beach such as the north end of Bang Tao, (except for the Dream beach club that will remain operating at a National Marine Park,) and practically the entire length of Mai Khao. The businesses were not on sand but on the east side of the road, they were legal- except Zazada, (and who signed  that permit?) Do tourists who come to Phuket reall...

Richard Vickers | 20 April 2016 - 19:28:02

Sorry, but this is what these people deserve. Their own greed and inability to control themselves helped push this issue.  Never was there an effort by most of these businesses to rein themselves in and follow the rules.  Had they got together and worked at a viable solution, maybe things would have been different. But they didn't...they took and took and took and pushed their luck, proving ti...

Christy Sweet | 20 April 2016 - 17:19:05

This is not a solution to the local govt inability to regulate and enforce sensible laws. A very bad portent, indeed. All manner of beaches in every style and flavor make for a vibrant tourist industry. People who want "virgin" can go to the marine park (except there's a loud beach club operating at that entrance..)

BAAN MALINEE BED AND BREAKFAST | 20 April 2016 - 16:00:46

If the vice governor and the or bortor had a will to find a solution for all beaches,beach chairs and restaurants by taxing money. today many families lost there income and job thanks to these 2 pers. Going on a free trip to Australia a few months ago to see how they manage the beaches,useless as they are empty there  and nobody is living from it, to France,Italy,Belgium or Holland there they shou...

Richard Vickers | 20 April 2016 - 12:20:07

Well, I never thought I would see it happen.  Now it is time to shift concerns to the future clean up and restoration of Surin.  I hope that, unlike other demolition activity... that not one bit of rubble ends up on the sand. Surin is a beautiful beach, but I have no confidence that the current Mayor is capable of restoring the place to its natural state.  I'm just waiting for the next stupid ...

slippery snake | 20 April 2016 - 10:51:28

WHY ???? they were popular, over the road from beach and provided a service to tourists, food coffee or a beer.. Surin beach will die ... 

Asterix | 20 April 2016 - 10:19:38

They should take the opportunity to pull down the ugly football field and move it to another place.

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