Jomtien Beach redevelopment options mulled

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More than half of the community leaders, hotel operators, government organizations and media outlets surveyed want Jomtien Beach to be 35 meters wide, protected by a breakwater, and feature a public park.

The majority of eligible voters chose full-scale redevelopment of the beach during a June 9 meeting on a master plan to counter years of erosion in Jomtien. Attending the session at the Grand Jomtien Beach Palace were 209 members of community and government groups, including the Pattaya City Council, Board of Consultants, city manager, and project lead Thanawat Jarupong.

Professor Thanawat Jarupong outlines the 5 option to redevelop Jomtien Beach.Professor Thanawat Jarupong outlines the 5 option to redevelop Jomtien Beach.

A survey was circulated, listing five options for the development, with no price tag of each option disclosed.

The majority, 51.3 percent, voted for the full program of beachhead, breakwater and park. The second choice was a submerged breakwater and 35-meter-wide beach, which was selected by 14.5 percent of the respondents.

A simple sand refill to take the beach to 35 meters was chosen by 11.1 percent of the group while a beachhead with no breakwater was chosen by just 3.4 percent and just the park by just 2.6 percent.

The choices will be studied and presented at the next as-yet-unscheduled meeting.