The Pattaya mayor Poramese Ngampichese personally inspected the beach encroachment prevention project on Na Jomtien Beach yesterday, June 28th, after being told by some concerned tourists that it would ruin tourism.
According to reports, a group of tourists disagreed with the new regulation to make the extended Na Jomtien Beach a vendor-free zone as the beach now lacked color and became too barren to sit on. They also reportedly criticized Pattaya city officials for going too far by erecting barricades on the beach, claiming that it would confuse tourists.
Following this concern, Pattaya mayor Poramese Ngampichese personally visited Na Jomtien Beach today, June 28th, to arrange a press conference. According to him, he has dipped his feet into the situation as the traffic and vendor flow affects both the Jomtien jurisdiction and Na Jomtien jurisdiction and emphasized that Na Jomtien Beach should be free of vendors because the beach was specifically designated for residents and tourists to relax in the first place. The new regulation merely restored the beach’s original purpose for beachgoers, the mayor said.
In addition, Pattaya City still had not legally allowed vendors to sell food or items on the beaches, except for beach chair and umbrella vendors to provide shade, the mayor added.
Regarding confusion with the barricades, Poramese claimed that they were meant to warn the vendors not to encroach on Na Jomtien Beach again, but all of them were put away after one hour to prevent misunderstandings among tourists, some of whom thought the beach was closed like it was for much of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Finally, Poramese revealed that the Na Jomtien Municipality would convene with all parties involved to reach an optimal solution and that he would provide support as needed for traffic and management from the Jomtien municipality direction.