The Liechtenstein Princely Navy is on the warpath. The navy's self-styled 'Admiral' Silvan Colani, and other members of Hong Kong's large dragon boat community, say that they will soon have no beach left on which to drop anchor in Stanley. They blame a windsurfing rental shop which has recently built a 'massive' concrete podium on the Stanley shoreline. Mr Colani said not only was the podium an eyesore at the popular beach - which would be the venue for the windsurfing events during December's East Asian Games - but it was also an environmental hazard. 'He has been there for years,' Mr Colani said, referring to the man who runs the rental shop. 'And probably because of that, he obviously thinks he can do anything he wants, and has gone and built this illegal seawall of massive proportions.' Simeon Mellalieu, of another dragon boat team, the Southside Massive Urban Gorrilaz, raised similar concerns. 'This structure was probably built over the winter ... It is a 10-metre-long concrete podium and it has made the beach smaller. Is this a legal structure?' Barry Ho, the owner of the windsurfing rental shop, admitted he built the concrete platform earlier this year without government approval. 'We submitted the application to the Lands Department two weeks ago and now we're waiting for its response,' he said. Mr Ho said he erected the concrete structure to protect his windsurfing equipment from the ravages of typhoons. Last year, he suffered a HK$100,000 loss because his equipment was damaged during a typhoon, he said. 'I don't think this structure blocks people going through to the beach,' he said. 'On the contrary, people can only go to the other side of the beach by passing along this high platform when the tide is high.' Mr Colani said he had written to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department more than a fortnight ago to complain. But Susana Tai, the department's southern district leisure manager, said the beach on which the platform was located was outside the gazetted boundary of the Stanley Main Beach, and hence fell outside the jurisdiction of her department. She said the area was under the purview of the Lands Department and that she had passed on the complaint. Mr Colani said yesterday he had not heard from the department. The dragon boat community, which next month will host more than 200 boats and nearly 3,000 athletes from around the world in races at Stanley Main Beach, has also complained to the government about dirty conditions at the beach. Mr Colani said: 'We have a fantastic beach at Stanley. The public swimming area is pristine and well looked after, but the area for water sports is dirty and deteriorating every year. 'We complain every year to the government and they send a couple of guys with a rubbish bag to do a temporary clean-up,' he said. 'What we need is a long-term plan, particularly with the East Asian Games coming up. I assume there will be a lot of people watching this sporting event and hopefully the government will do something more than a temporary job as far as keeping the beach clean. And, hopefully, prevent this squatter from building a fortress on the beach.'