Nai Harn is the most popular southern beach on Phuket and restaurants there are likely to suffer the same fate within seven days as the sweeping changes already made at Surin beach are carried to other beaches.
Phuket expat Brett Masters, originally from Australia, said this afternoon that he was watching men dressed in camouflage clothing pull down bars near the Rawai council offices.
''I understand what the Army is trying to achieve but Rawai never really has had much of a beach. I used to come to one of these bars every day.
''In fact, a friend and I have spent so much time in one of the bars that we probably paid for it.
''The locals here are very mai ben rai about it and even giving food and water to the people who are pulling down their businesses.
''I understand why it has to happen but it's rather sad at Rawai, which has never been a swimming beach.''
Phuketwan was seeking a comment from Patong's new mayor. She was not taking calls this evening.
Patong is the beach with the greatest number of loungers, plus scores of jet-skis and parasailers.
Like many of Phuket's west coast beaches, the sand disappears entirely under loungers every December and January.
According to Rawai's mayor, all the beaches on Phuket will have three days to be cleared of all umbrellas and loungers.
Restaurants at some beaches will have seven days before they too are pulled down.
Phuketwan believes a concert is being held at the football ground at Surin beach on August 2 to commemorate the visit in 1959 of HM The King and HM the Queen to the beach.
All of the beaches on Phuket appear likely to be returned to close to their natural state before then.
The only question that appears so far to be unanswered is whether Phuket's local councils will be willing and able to prevent the beaches succumbing to commercial interests all over again as tourists arrive once more in substantial numbers in October and November at the start of next high season.