The restaurants and massage places adjacent to the JWM on Khuk Khak beach are normally prone to closure in the Wet Season (May to October) because of ocean and beach conditions. However, it is more than likely that all will close for the Wet Season for a different reason. The control of the public land, including that bordering the beach is vested in the local Khao Lak Village Community who have recently appointed a new Head Man or Phu Yai Ban. He is a progressive young man with firm ideas how land and the development of it should be controlled for the benefit of the community and visitor more in the future than it has in the past.
All the properties adjacent to the JWM are on Khuk Khak land but as in other beach areas are there without a licence or without paying rent. So at the end of April the beachfront property owners have been told they will have to close and relocate/rebuild their properties with better facilities (toilets, shower etc,) and in particular access, further back from the beach. They will have to apply for a licence and pay a fee and if the area is oversubscribed there may have to be a lottery to determine which businesses reopen, probably in October.
This information has been independently confirmed with contacts in the local tourism sector as well as some of the beach property owners themselves who seem pretty philosophical about the whole thing.
There are also"threats" to the beach properties between the Mai Khao Lak and the Beyond Resort on Pak Weeb Beach where there has been an "explosion" of properties built since the Mai was built. This land is "owned by the King" and again properties are there without licence or rent. One owner said that there should be a maximum of two businesses there so something is set to give.
On the northern end of Nang Thong Beach and across the creek on Bang Niang Beach up to the Ramada, the land has been bought by the La Flora Group who have issued notices to quit to the businesses, again allegedly from the end of this April but are facing some resistance especially from the fishermen who would lose their unloading and mooring facilities up the river towards the Riverside Resort.
I will post more information as and when I obtain it.