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Strange day as Patong gets new Mayor

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PATONG: The Patong Municipal Council has elected a new mayor for the town after former Mayor Pian Keesin was forced to step down last week when his budget plan was rejected by a vote of 9-2. Oddly, the new Mayor is Surasak Maneesri, one of the two councilors to vote for Pian’s budget – the other being Pian himself. Sakorn Cheua-yuan and U-thai Kanchana were elected Deputy Mayors. The three thanked the other members of the council before abruptly leaving the meeting. The new team now have to wait for their election to be officially approved by Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi. This must happen within 15 days. After today’s election, ousted Mayor Pian accused the council of “defrauding the public” by “hiding information” after they failed to present the minutes of the budget meeting at today’s meeting. He told reporters that he himself had already received a copy of the draft minutes, though this did not carry all the necessary official signatures. He added that he had sent a copy to the Office of the National Counter-Corruption Commission in Bangkok. “I’m not against the election of a new team, because it’s still Patong people managing Patong. But this lack of transparency will destroy the ability of the council to manage the local community,” he said. “It will be unjust, not only for me, but also for the people of Patong. The Governor CEO, who has the authority, should straighten things out, and should not be afraid to do so.” After speaking with reporters, ex-Mayor Pian addressed a crowd of over 100 local people who had assembled at the council building to show their support for him. He assured them that he had never cheated them and stressed that he had a letter from a construction company he was accused of receiving bribes from, a letter attesting to his innocence. The Patong Palad, Somkiat Kwansuwan, who is also the council’s secretary, told reporters that the councilors had already settled on the names of the new mayor and deputies beforehand, and that today’s meeting was held only to make the appointments official. As for the minutes mentioned by ex-mayor Pian, he said that these had not yet been checked or signed by the council committee responsible for this task, which was why they had not been placed before the full council. He added, however, that a copy of the draft minutes had been sent to the Governor.



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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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Motorbike rider dies after colliding with ten wheeler truck in Thalang

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A male motorbike rider has died after colliding into the back of a ten wheeler truck in Thalang early this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident along Thepkrasattri Road in the southbound lane through Thalang at 2am this morning. The conditions were dry and road was clear of traffic.

Emergency responders arrived to find the ten wheelers truck and driver,  55 year old Sirichai Konghom, waiting at the scene.

Nearby was a damaged motorbike. The 20 year old driver, Ittiphon Rodnokkaew, died at the scene.

Sirichai told police that he was driving from Surat Thani to Phuket. When he arrived at the scene he heard the sound of a collision at the back of his truck.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Boating no-go zone set for  HRH Princess Sirivannavari visiting Phuket

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate a new marine research vessel. A boats no-go zone has been set.

The Phuket Marine Office has announced “Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate the new marine vessel at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC)”

“The official ceremonies is from midday to 5pm,  No boats may enter in the special zone during HRH Sirivannavari’s visit from midday to 5pm which are…

1. Latitude 7º48’42.36” North Longitude 98º22’21.70” East

2. Latitude 7º48’01.74” North Longitude 98º22’08.56” East

3. Latitude 7º47’49.25” North Longitude 98º24’33.99” East

4. Latitude 7º47’03.49” North Longitude 98º24’12.01” East?

For non-nautical types, here’s a more helpful map. The exclusion areas are between the PMBC and Koh Lon in Chalong Bay

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