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Surin beach vendors defy order, face fine

Surin beach vendors defy order, face fine

PHUKET: Beach chair and umbrella operators who have returned to Surin Beach will be fined for ignoring the ban on any trade on the sands at Surin, Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration (OrBorTor) MaAnn Samran has confirmed.

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By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Tuesday 17 March 2020, 05:20PM


The beach chair and umbrella vendors have returned to Surin Beach. Photo: Supplied

The beach chair and umbrella vendors have returned to Surin Beach. Photo: Supplied

Mr MaAnn said he became aware that beach chair and umbrella operators had returned to the beach last week.

"They are not allowed. No trade of any kind is allowed on the beach,” Mr MaAnn told The Phuket News today (Mar 16).

Under the beach management policy implemented during the days of the military-run National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Surin Beach was designated a “virgin beach”, meaning a “vendor-free beach”, as it was to be left bare for all people to enjoy, Mr MaAnn repeated.

Of note, Phuket was the only province in the country where a “beach management policy” was introduced.

Meanwhile, the vendors remain on the beach today, Mr MaAnn confirmed.

“We have already told the local villagers and the beach operators. In addition to sending them a warning letters, we have installed four signs on the beach to remind them that no trading is allowed on the beach,” Mr MaAnn said today.

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"Now we coordinating with the Phuket Beach Management Committee [which regulates all beaches in Phuket] for legal proceedings,” Mr MaAnn confirmed.

Mr MaAnn said that he at this stage he did not know how much the fines would be.

However, he said that the beach vendors were in breach of both the Public Health Act, which bans the distribution of goods in public places or ways without express permission from the local authority, and were encroaching on government land.

The local vendors return to Surin Beach follows the Cherng Talay OrBorTor posting a notice on Dec 23 ordering all vendors to vacate the sands at Surin Beach by Jan 12 – or face having their business demolished by the OrBorTor and the vendors themselves face legal action.

Not wanting to tempt fate, the beach vendors all vacated their areas immediately, but later filed an appeal with the Phuket Governor for the right to make a living by serving tourists on the beach. (See story here.)

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Fascinated | 18 March 2020 - 18:53:56

Money has been made over high Season , Now Someone can run off to the bigger boys and go 'Sir, sir- I have closed the naughty vendors down. More transparent than a window.

Capricornball | 18 March 2020 - 15:31:31

Surin Beach is a disgusting trash zone that is swarming with aggressive vendors, and where every foot of prime beachfront has been usurped by these lazy vendors that are making piles of money just for showing up and acting like they own the beach. Ma-ann is full of lies, as he knows everything that is going on there, and very likely has his fingers in the pie.

Kurt | 18 March 2020 - 08:26:06

I was laughing, reading that mr MaAnn doesn't know how much the fine is. Mr MaAnn know anything about money matters in his distrcit.  My guess is there are simply no fines sett for violating the 'Virgin beach' rules. hahaha.

Kurt | 17 March 2020 - 21:45:47

What warning letters? When does it get into the brain of Officialdom that warnings not work. They laugh about it. Clear beach, confiscate beach chairs for destruction, fine the lawbreakers. Treat them with the full force of the law ( as thai Officials sometimes say). When does Phuket go to experience a bit law & order? Justifying government authority.

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