City council committee bemoans inaction on Koh Larn, Bali Hai problems

Friday, 13 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 15

A Pattaya City Council committee told Marine Department and Koh Larn administrative officials to better regulate their respective jurisdictions as both areas were becoming the subject of numerous complaints.

City Council member Sanit Boonmachai called out officials on the island and at Bali Hai Pier for failing to crack down on illegal building, transportation-regulation breaches, parking problems, street vendors and other assorted complaints by tourists and residents.

Officials expressed dismay over shipping items heavier than two tons to the island, which regulations prohibit. Officials expressed dismay over shipping items heavier than two tons to the island, which regulations prohibit.

On Koh Larn, city council members wrung their hands over complaints about the building of hotels and resorts months after officials supposedly had agreed to resolve such issues. They also expressed dismay over shipping items heavier than two tons to the island, which regulations prohibit.

The politicians also decried tourists being inconvenienced by street vendors and about “disorderly’ berthing of boats at Bali Hai Pier. Marine Department Director Rewat Potrieng assured the council members his staff had repeatedly warned boat owners about the need to follow the rules, but, alas, the rules still were not being followed.

Rewat took the opportunity to complain about the scarcity of parking at Bali Hai and the committee agreed to look into it.

Having agreed the city still had many unresolved issues, the committee unanimously dispatched Koh Larn and Marine Department officials to be more vigilant and adjourned in confidence something would be done.

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