Nha Trang resort told to remove guardhouse from public beach

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A tourist walks past a tent for guards of Ana Mandara resort at a beach in Nha Trang. She could only do after the city threatens to punish the resort for blocking the stretch from the public. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre A tourist walks past a tent for guards of Ana Mandara resort at a beach in Nha Trang. She could only do after the city threatens to punish the resort for blocking the stretch from the public. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Nha Trang authorities have ordered luxury resort Ana Mandara to remove a security guard post it has put up on its beach following public complaints that its guards stopped them from using the stretch of beach.
Ngo Khac Thinh, deputy head of the Nha Trang Urban Management Department, has been quoted in the media as saying the resort has been given time until the middle of next week.
The department also recommended that the town government should fine Ana Mandara US$1,200.
Guards reportedly stopped outsiders from using the stretch of beach, saying the resort has rented it and has sole use of it.
Thinh said the resort had been caught doing the same thing last year and had “promised not to do it again.”

A guard at Ana Mandara resort in Nha Trang keeps a tourist out of its beach. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Pham Duy Hung, a board member of Sovico Khanh Hoa Company that manages the resort, said an explanation is being drafted for the city government.
Ana Mandara would ask to keep the guard post, which has been there since 1997, “for rescue and security purposes.”
Nguyen Khac Ha, vice chairman of Nha Trang, said the structure is located in people’s way and must be removed.
Ha also said the town is determined to punish the resort this time since it is a repeat offence.

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