Local officials, military raid encroaching Sattahip businesses

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Sattahip police and military officials raided three Samae San locations where private investors had built an apartment, restaurant and commercial buildings encroaching on public property.

Rear Adm. Anupong Isarangkul Na Ayutthaya, deputy commander of the Sattahip Naval Base, led a team of police, soldiers, sailors, Sattahip district officials and representatives from Samae San Fisheries Association, Chonburi Treasury Office, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to seafront and hilly areas of Samae San’s Moo 1 and 4 villages.

Near the Sangjan Resorts a 21-room apartment building is being built on land under the jurisdiction of the Department of Forestry.

The task force targeted three areas where private businesses were encroaching on state land.

Near the San Payayom shrine they found a two-story building under construction. The land title listed Jarung Charonepanitch as the land owner, but they found he was deceased. Preeda Taosakul had requested the building permits, which had not been granted before construction began.

Near Kua Nam Talay restaurant, the team found a single-story concrete building being used as a restaurant intruding into the sea. Somchai Chienman was listed on the permit.

And near the Sangjan Resorts a 21-room apartment building is being built on land under the jurisdiction of the Department of Forestry. The same deceased person, Jarung, was listed as the landowner while Kittiya Narongchai was the business manager.

Anupong said the navy previously had posted notices and fenced off the encroaching areas, ordering the principals behind each property to demolish their structures within 30 days.

Top navy officials also ordered Sattahip base commander Vice Adm. Wipak Noijinda to establish a committees to investigate powerful groups intruding on public land in Samae San.