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Hiding behind the DSI makes the Vice feeling strong and me laugh. Without DSI coming, nothing would have happened, obviously. Let's see if there are changes to come.
Posted by Resident on August 5, 2013 18:36
"In recent years, one Surin restaurant has resisted all attempts to remove a timber barrier implanted into the sand below the high tide mark."
Posted by Alfred on August 5, 2013 18:39
Don't miss out Naithon Beach.
Posted by Red Kettle on August 5, 2013 19:50
Khun Ma-Ann: "If the Phuket administration wants it done, I will have it done."
Posted by Buster on August 5, 2013 20:33
How would someone provide the info that Vice Governor Jamleran said he would like to hear about? Is there a phone number or email address?
Posted by Tim on August 5, 2013 20:35
There will be, soon. Look out for details after Friday.
I don't see the problem with the beach clubs and restaurants that are on the land between the pathway and the seawall. I think they add to the beach in the day and in the evening. What would be there if they are removed an area of deserted probably neglected land.
Posted by soupdragon on August 5, 2013 21:19
Clean the beaches sounds like a good idea, but you need some of these businesses that actually clean them to be there. Why not focus on getting meter taxi and clamp down on illegal over priced taxi.
Posted by Resident on August 5, 2013 21:37
Glad that they will keep Mia Kaho beach free of vendors, loungers and umberells. I have been stayed at west sands a numer of times and enjoyed the clear beach there. I think they deliberatly don't invade the beach so it will support good resort's.
Posted by kirkdale boy on August 5, 2013 21:47
I wish someone has the balls to follow-up.
Posted by Fritz Pinguin on August 5, 2013 23:31
Perhaps if you used the word ''courage'' the more intelligent people on the planet might understand what you mean, Fritz. Or perhaps you mean ''ovaries?''
balls and courage are the same.
Posted by eddy on August 6, 2013 06:50
They're quite different, eddy. ''Balls'' is sexist and used by old-fashioned men. It comes from the middle of last century, a time when men had no idea that many women actually had what men wanted: courage.
Great report Khun Chutima but very concerning that no other news outlets were present at this meeting. This lack of reporting by local Thai newspapers is one of the major reasons why Bangkok have thought everything is fine in Phuket. Have they been instructed NOT to report negative/critical news?
Posted by mike on August 6, 2013 07:50
Not that we're aware, but you'd be better off asking them.
Using "balls" may be vulgar or slang, but it's now in common and correct usage. (moderated)
Posted by eddy on August 6, 2013 07:59
Not in places where women recognise sexist language and stand up for their rights, it's not. And it's just plain wrong. ''Courage'' says it accurately. ''Balls'' is a Boys Own term, about as popular these days as Biggles books.
Phuketwan, go to have a look what for a huge beach club they are building ON THE BEACH in layan at the national park end , I would like to know who give that permit.
Posted by Eric on August 6, 2013 08:00
I suggest you raise the issue today with the Damrungtam complaints office and ask again at the crime Crisis Centre next week.
Posted by eezergood on August 6, 2013 09:18
If you're the same 'eezergood' who recently offered up some unflattering and untrue comments about Phuketwan on another forum, it would be hypocritical of you to continue to post here, given your opinion.
I am (moderated)
Posted by eezergood on August 6, 2013 09:29
You claim in the other forum to know me in real life. I hope there are other members who will take the trouble to ask you for details and expose you as a liar, and a not very good one.
Good and interesting reporting Phuketwan. Well done.
Posted by Duncan on August 6, 2013 09:53
If this time somethings really will happen I change all my negative view about the future of the Island... So let we see in 30 days. PS if want to send a very strong message to all people should be much better to remove the construction recently built in the center of Patong beach shamelessly on the seashore in front of Patong Bay hotel that belong to one of the most powerful families of the Island ...
Posted by dave on August 6, 2013 11:00
I have a different view of possible solutions for Surin Beach and NaiThon Beach. These restaurants etc, should never have been allowed to be built in the first place, but they were. Why does the DSI rather follow the money trails instead, hit the wrongdoers with fines to the value of their properties and then charge them all a hefty monthly rental fee to be there? Then use the money openly, to keep the area tidy, free of litter and garbage. It seems to be a bit pointless now to take the structures down, when we all know, that they will just be rebuilt in the future.
Posted by DuncanB on August 6, 2013 12:10
Full marks for making the 'noise'. Now lets see some action, finally ridding Surin of the beach clubs that encroach on public land...Oh, and don't forget to prosecute the corrupt officials that allowed it to happen in the first place.
Posted by agogohome on August 6, 2013 13:00
Posted by Robintoo on August 6, 2013 14:32
Put a real name to your comment, address it to the editor . . . and I'll probably still dismiss it as carping. We are reporting what's being said as professional journalists. As an anonymous reader enjoying a free service, i suggest you learn to appreciate it, or go elsewhere.
Seems as if they go quietly into that good night that they will not check any further. But with the sort of investment that you are talking about and the number of employees at these beach clubs, Cha Cha (slowly, slowly).
Posted by GiantFan on August 6, 2013 15:13
Posted by angus Keeling on August 6, 2013 16:13
Thanks for giving yourself a name, Angus. We're delighted to have the Twinpalms Group as a sponsor. It's a long-standing connection, and an obvious one to all readers. But as everyone may have noted, that hasn't inhibited us from reporting on what's happening along Surin's beachfront. By my reckoning, there are at least 20 businesses along the shore. Only one was named at yesterday's meeting, and it wasn't Catch. Your focus only seems to take in Catch and its connection to Phuketwan. The fact that we were the only news outlet at the meeting should indicate that we had the choice of reporting the event or not reporting it. We reported it - even though it could be seen by some as not in our best interests. We did that because we have a code of ethics, and we stick by our code. Will you be asking where the other news outlets were, and questioning their connections to advertisers every time some newsworthy link surfaces? Otherwise we'd have to say you're carping.
There should be zero tolerance for encroachment and strict compliance with building codes everywhere and the coast is a good place to start. Any business people who have appropriated public goods for private profits should be ashamed of themselves. Everyone in Thailand know the status of the beaches, yet brazen encroachment seems commonplace. The logic seems to be everyone is doing it and making a lot of money...see no evil.
Posted by Yojimbo on August 6, 2013 19:44
Back to the Balls comments and a direct quote from Ms. Betty White:
Posted by gemjac on August 6, 2013 22:04
Thank you PW Editor, for pointing out the sexist use of slang for male genitalia to denote courage. For those who doubt the sexism behind this common usage, (and yes, sexism is common, no argument there,) consider how equivalent female slang means cowardly or unpleasant.
Posted by EB48 on August 7, 2013 09:54
" - surely the most sexist westerners on earth, expats in Thailand."
Posted by eddy on August 7, 2013 10:12
I will be there on Friday, watching with interest. The amount of investment at the North end of Surin with Catch, the 2 new Catch outlets under construction now, Diamond Beach Club and the brand spanking new Paresa place must be staggering - but most of it will be knocked down!!
Posted by FrankieV on August 7, 2013 10:31
Is something happening at Surin beach on Friday, FrankieV?
Well you didn't let us down ed. (moderated)
Posted by Mal on August 7, 2013 23:09
good one ed (moderated)
Posted by Mal on August 8, 2013 08:50
Good to see you accentuating the positive. What a huge change for you, Mal. Keep up the good work. Value, value, value. Make it your maltra.
Good to see you accentuating the positive.
Posted by Mal on August 8, 2013 09:52
We don't usually publish malicious lies, Mal, But yours are too silly to ignore.
Well you didn't let us down ed. (moderated)
Posted by eddy on August 8, 2013 10:03
Ed what the hang is a maltra, in your answer to Mal? Are you an English speaker or only trying to impress people by using words you cant spell right?
Posted by Robin on August 8, 2013 16:17
If Mal has a mantra, it's a maltra.
will the secret back hand commissions to built these things and be left alone be refunded?
Posted by slickmelb on August 11, 2013 04:34
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