PATTAYA – Koh Larn shops and restaurants have been told they need to be set back at least three meters from public sidewalks.
Pattaya spokesman Pinit Maneerat said April 10 Itthiphol Singkaew, environmental chief on the resort island, and soldiers from Military Circle 14 had begun inspecting commercial storefronts following complaints of encroachment on public land.
Most of the problems occur from crowded restaurants trying to make more room for customers by adding tables to the sidewalks, such as authorities found on Ta Waen Beach.
Vendors also were told to redouble efforts to dispose of rubbish properly and, on the sand, remain in designated areas to ensure the required amount of free space is left for tourists.
The sewage system, which needs improvement, is also currently being looked into as the city plans to make changes after April so that Koh Larn would meet the standards of being a clean and safe place. The Consumption Department is also planning a visit to the local restaurants on Koh Larn as well.
Authorities then moved to Samae Beach and asked 11 restaurants to move their facilities away from the public footpaths. Apart from that, the vendors were suggested to clean up their establishments and the surroundings to make the area look more appealing to tourists.
They warned that if they came back and changes had not been made immediate demolition would be ordered.
The goal of the visits was to make Koh Larn a more pleasant place and environmentally friendly with all businesses fully registered and legal.