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Mayor Keesin's plan to erect a tower with a helicopter pad next to it

Patong Mayor Reveals Remarkable Ideas

Monday, October 8, 2012
PHUKET: An idea by Patong Mayor Pian Keesin to erect a lookout tower with a helicopter pad alongside it is being researched at a cost of five million or six million baht, a meeting heard today.

The present pavilion at the beach end of Soi Bangla would be redeveloped to include both projects, the mayor told Patong Council.

It would be a centre for ''action patrols'' of Patong beach, his policy for coming development projects outlined.

He told the meeting at Patong Council's offices that his plan was for Patong - the beach and nightlife hub on Phuket's west coast - to be a ''livable and sustainable'' tourist city.

Among other projects is a plan for a four-basement level car park beneath the present football ground on the beach road.

A third project would put a statue of a large dolphin in the middle of the traffic circle at the southern end of Patong's beach road.

Another of the mayor's ideas is to erect a large ''Patong City'' sign on the road north to Kamala, with a row of green dolphins on both sides of the road.

The only research cost revealed today was for the mayor's idea of the tower centre for ''action patrols.'' No other figures were given for the cost of researching the other projects.

Most of the Patong council staff saw the mayor's projects for the first time today and said they would need time to review the ideas before offering comments.

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