Pattaya officials got to work this week tackling the erosion crisis facing the city’s beachfront.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh chaired the Feb. 15 meeting on ways to shore up the shoreline after a 3 million baht study done by Chulalongkorn University determined Pattaya Beach could wash away entirely in as little as five years.
Officials met to discuss ways to prevent the total erosion of Pattaya Beach.
Options discussed were building a 725-meter breakwater off Bali Hai Pier and North Pattaya Beach, and spending 40 million baht to widen the beach by 15 meters north to south.
Marine transportation official Rewat Phoriang warned, however, that it will take months to study the various options and that due to budget constraints it might take as many as four years to complete the project, leaving the city with little margin for error if the university researchers prove to be correct.
Local tidal currents need to be taken into account before any remedial plan can be put into operation.