Fearing falling coconuts, Pattaya cuts back Jomtien trees

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Tourist fears of falling coconuts prompted Pattaya officials to give Jomtien beachfront trees a good trimming.

Twenty workers from the city Public Works Department on Feb. 21 cut back branches and removed coconuts that tourists and beach vendors feared would fall on their heads. The palm fronds also had been blocking streetlights, giving more cover for criminals to operate after dark.

City workers cut back branches and remove coconuts from Jomtien Beach. City workers cut back branches and remove coconuts from Jomtien Beach.

Engineering Office Assistant Director Anont Rhaimanee noted that the Jomtien cuts came shortly after vigorous tree trimming on Pattaya Beach.

“I am delighted that Pattaya City is fixing this issue,” said a beach vendor identified only as Jaew. “When there are strong winds, the branches and coconuts fall off the trees, scaring the tourists as they might be injured. Now tourists can feel assured about their safety.”

Work was expected to be complete by March 2.