Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local news from the area.

Dog Day’s

The weather was one of the main features of the local news last week.

The local press reported that locals and tourists were flocking to the region’s beaches and rivers to cool off as the air temperatures hit 40 degrees and the sea 27 degrees.

They also wrote about a waterfall at Gizlikent near to Saklikent that was fast becoming another stop off point for jeep safaris.

The reports stated that getting to the waterfall was a bit of a challenge but once there an icy waterfall would provide a naturally cooled place to spend the day away from the searing heat of summer.

Cruise Port Push

Plans to build a cruise port in Fethiye hit the headlines last week when the South Aegean Development Agency visited the town.

The agency said they would support the plans for a Fethiye cruise port.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce said a meeting will be held in the second week of September to discuss the plans put forward by the multi agency group from Fethiye.

The president said Fethiye would do all it could to get this project underway and start to bring their fair share of cruise tourists to Fethiye as currently enjoyed by Bodrum and Marmaris.

All Hands to the Pump

A forest fire that broke out near the Çaltıözü and Kargıcık neighbourhoods of Fethiye on Thursday took a massive effort from local fire fighting resources to extinguish.

At one stage three fire fighting planes, six helicopters, 150 personnel, water tankers and diggers fought the flames together.

The combined effort paid off and the fire was extinguished within three hours.

Bathers along Calis Beach were treated to an amazing air show as the fire fighting aircraft swooped down to the sea and collected water just a short distance away from them.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

Hospital Gets New Kids Library

The Fethiye State Hospital opened a new library for its younger patients last week.

Approximately 1,000 books have been gathered for the new library and reading area that was decorated with the help of ex-pat residents from Fethiye – see picture.

It is hoped that the new facility will help bring a bit of happiness, knowledge and fun for the sick children and their families who spend time at the hospital in Fethiye.

Turkish Money

The Turkish Lira ended the week at 3.63 to the British Pound.

The previous week it bought 3.60 Turkish Lira.