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Would this mean that all beach chairs and beach loungers all over Phuket will have to go?

I was shocked when I went to Kata and Nai Harn beaches yesterday...no more beach chairs! None! I bet the beach hasn't looked like this in over 20 yers. Nearly brought a tear to my eye.

But lot's of garbage washed up on the beach as always this time of year. And I watched a group of Thai youths set up in the trees near us packed up their belongings but left all their garbage. angry.png.pagespeed.ce.Cla6z9sEn6.png Next thing we need is full time year round beach cleaners and bins.

I wonder what happened to this http://www.thephuketnews.com/kamala-gets-island%E2%80%99s-first-full-time-beach-cleaners-41231.php

Still going. Now spread to several other beaches. The Kata Karon Green Club is just getting started.

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I just went down to my local beach at Nai Yang. Still no sign of either army, police, park officials or OrBorTor. Building work on new, illegal businesses on the beach continues as before :(

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Southern part of Bang Niang Beach, Khao Lak, June 2014.

This might be the ideal situation, restaurants/bars/chairs having a limited presence on the beach.

I hope that in Phuket, where the situation got out of hand in many places, a sustainable kind of middle way can be found.

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Exactly. Limited facilities. Plenty of space for folks who want to do the lie down on towel sun bathe. Trouble was that on some beaches there was little space and the vendors did not 'allow' the do-it-yourself approach. To be honest that was never the case, plenty of bathers had there own towels and no trouble.

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Karen My Dear:

If you (and others) are going to accuse the beach chair guys of corruption then it is your obligation to prove it.

Even if there was some skimming off the top by the Municipality (as in the fast lane at the airport) would that be acceptable?

Where is your "line in the sand"?

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The line in the sand is, there isn't suppose to be anything on the public beach...except sand. The corruption is proven by the fact that they're there. The bars, the restaurants, the massage tents, all the crap that's illegally there. It's all going. It shouldn't be there.

Can you get a beach chair and umbrella at a beach in the West? No. Then why is it okay here?

There is no middle way. The Generals are doing what has to be done.

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The line in the sand is, there isn't suppose to be anything on the public beach...except sand. The corruption is proven by the fact that they're there. The bars, the restaurants, the massage tents, all the crap that's illegally there. It's all going. It shouldn't be there.

Can you get a beach chair and umbrella at a beach in the West? No. Then why is it okay here?

There is no middle way. The Generals are doing what has to be done.

Pinot, may I invite you to visit our lovely Dutch coast? In all the beach resorts, come spring huge beach pavillions are set up, which are selling food and drinks. They always have a big outdoor sitting area. In autumn, they are taken away again.

If you are so keen on beaches without any commercial activities, there are plenty for you in Thailand, be it maybe not in Phuket.

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