Fethiye Times’ round up of the local news.

Winter Warmer

Winter has refused to arrive in Fethiye so far this season.

Temperatures hit the heady heights of 19 degrees last week triggering another happy press story.

Domestic and foreign tourists were pictured sat by the beach or even in the sea enjoying the fine weather.

However just a short drive away the mountains are covered with super white snow providing the opportunity to play in the snow in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon and have a great day out.

New Clink Opened

Prisoners were transferred from the 52 year old Fethiye prison to a newly built facility near Seydikemer last week.

The transfer of the 168 inmates took place amid tight security with prisoners taken by special secure coaches travelling in a police led convoy.

The new prison should be a better environment for the inmates with the facility claiming to meet international standards. It also includes a library, computer training suite, 2 workshops, dentist surgery and more.

The new prison can hold up to 300 prisoners, covers 122,000 square metres and also includes accommodation in the grounds for staff too.

Fare Deal

The new Mugla Council has taken over responsibility for public transport from the local Councils following the big reorganisation.

Fethiye took delivery of its new buses recently (see leading picture) so keep any eye out for them as you travel the area.

Romp to the Top

It was World’s Mountain Day last week and a local mountaineering club organised a walk up the nearby mountain of Mendos to celebrate.

Around thirty people took part in the romp to the summit.

Illegal Building Demolished

There was a bit of a commotion a bit further up the coast last week in the village of Selimiye near Marmaris when bulldozers demolished a hotel.

The demolition was part of an official sanction by the new Mugla Council to remove the building that had been illegally constructed within an area of environmental and archaeological importance.

Residents of the area were interviewed by the local press and were said to be upset and concerned by the demolition.

We can understand why the locals are worried, as according to the reports, there are as many as 150 illegal buildings constructed in or near the village.

But it’s not just those villagers who should be worried.

A study carried out for the new Mugla Council identified that there are almost 5,600 properties that have been built illegally within sensitive sites across Mugla.

The lawyers and bulldozers could therefore be busy for some time.

Turkish Money

The British Pound remained unchanged by the close of business buying 3.61 Turkish Lira.