Jomtien Beach, Pattaya —
Na Jomtien police collaborated with the Na Jomtien Municipality to reorganize and warn street vendors on Na Jomtien Beach of violating the Cleanliness and Orderliness Act. However, police were lenient to let them sell but within a designated time frame.
After many citizens complained about the disorderly parking space caused by street vendors who took up most of the expanded Na Jomtien Beach’s side, today, April 28th, Boonserm Ngernpuan, Traffic Inspector from the Na Jomtien Police Station, along with Anek Chatchua, a municipal officer, went with their teams to talk with the vendors and reclaim the vendor-occupied space for citizens and tourists.
The Superintendent of Na Jomtien Police Station Santi Chucherd said to local media that the beach was for public use, and they had already designated specific times for the vendors to sell (6:00 P.M to 12:00 A.M). However, police were still unable to organize the vendors due to the fact that they still parked their vehicles on the side of the road, blocking traffic and forcing visitors to park on the opposite side of the beach road instead.
Furthermore, the superintendent said that he found trash scattered on the beach due to a lack of effective trash management. He also removed all the items and stalls placed on the parking areas and charged the owners for violating the Cleanliness and Orderliness Act, stressing that Na Jomtien Police Station would constantly keep an eye on the parking lot and vendors putting their items in public spaces during the day.
As for the designated times for vendors, they were allowed to sell between 6.00 p.m. to midnight on parking spaces until the Na Jomtien Municipality would be able to set aside a specific space for them for the expanded beach.
Anek (a municipal officer) said that he would direct today’s issues to the above authorities. As of now, Na Jomtien was still waiting for the Election Commission to announce the result of the mayoral election on May 22nd, but he promised that an optimal solution would be found to allow everyone to use the public space peacefully together.