A public meeting was recently held by PPAO concerning the management of Ao Chalong Marina on the southeast coast of the island. PPAO Chief Executive Paiboon Upattising chaired the meeting which was attended by many parties including his Advisor – Samanasak Ratanasaenyanuparp, Chief Administrator – Watcharin Pathomwattanapong, Council Secretary – Kraiwut Kumban, Council Member – Opas Chopdi, Acting Chief of PPAO Transportation Division – Prait Yotharak, Director of Phuket Marine Office – Phuripat Thirakulpisut, Thamrong Thongtan of Phuket Treasury Office, officials from Rawai and Chalong Municipalities, Phuket Immigration Office, Phuket Customs Office, community leaders, and users and traders of Ao Chalong Pier.
The meeting was held to review recent complaints by the marina’s users who were concerned for their safety in the face of motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars that continuously drive along the Pier. However, it was heard that local boat handlers and crew members needed access to their boats and regularly park their vehicles free of charge at the Marina’s loading space, situated right in the middle of the pier.
The meeting agreed that with immediate effect parking fees would be enforced at the marina and passes would be issued to boat handlers and crew members. Reasonable fees were determined for motorcycles, sidecars and shuttle buses, with long-term parkers paying additional fees. It was hoped that the measures would discourage vehicles from entering the pier unnecessarily thus making it safer for the public.
Thanking all participants for their support, Mr. Paiboon said that PPAO would take into consideration opinions from all parties concerned.