Week Begins With a Cold Snap

The cold snap returned last week with a vengeance with snow and sub zero temperatures engulfing the area.

A panorama of snow covered mountains from the Fethiye ring road
A panorama of snow covered mountains from the Fethiye ring road

Russian Lorry Driver Rescued

The local press reported that a Russian lorry driver had to be rescued after his articulated foreign registered truck became stranded in snow on the Fethiye – Denizli road at Çameli.

The Çameli route is a shorter but less used route to Denizli and beyond that passes through some narrow mountain road sections.

The Jandarma were called to help the stranded driver and he was provided food and shelter until his truck could be freed from the snow and ice.

He continued his journey later.

Green House Blues

Meanwhile greenhouse farmers up and down the coast held all night vigils last week.

At first they were trying to keep Jack Frost at bay as night time temperatures plummeted below zero with their wood burning heaters requiring regular attention.

Wood burning stoves (soba) were used to keep tomatoes from freezing (ntv.com.tr)
Wood burning stoves (soba) were used to keep tomatoes from freezing (ntv.com.tr)

Then they had to contend with a storm with damaging winds of 90 km/ph that ripped plastic and brought tree branches down damaging with glass and poly houses.

Cold weather for tomatoes (toptancimgazetesi)
Cold weather for tomatoes
(toptancimgazetesi)

Local officials are now surveying the damage.

We expect to write that the prices of the winter crop salad will increase due to winter damage when it hits market stalls in the next few weeks.

Glimmer of Hope

By Saturday, and almost a carbon copy of last weeks news, the local press reported the early arrival of spring in Fethiye.

They said that whilst the rest of Turkey was gripped by snow and frost Fethiyans were flocking to beaches and picnic sites surrounded by spring flowers and blossom to take advantage of sunshine and 16 degree centigrade temperatures.

Göcek residents enjoying the spring sunshine and temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius on Saturday afternoon
Göcek residents enjoying the spring sunshine and temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius on Saturday afternoon

Tourism Promotion

It has been some time since local Fethiye Mayor Behçhet Saatcı has been in the news.

But last week he returned with a bang when he visited Hungary with his deputy.

Hungarian Tourists to Swell Local Visitor Numbers

The mayor told the press that he hoped to attract Hungarian tourists to Fethiye as well as to Alanya where around 100,000 currently visit.

He said he hoped to attract 40 per cent of those tourists to Fethiye as a result of their tourism promotion work.

Petition Announced

At the same press conference in Hungary the Mayor also announced that he will spear head a petition to call for a change to the new metropolitan laws that came into effect last year.

Those changes saw the responsibility and budgets for most local services move to the Muğla metropolitan council.

This eroded the power and influence of local Mayors such as himself.

The Mayor is therefore seeking a change to the law so that, in the first instance, the budgets for parks and gardens and other recreation areas is passed back to Fethiye Council.

He said that the change is not political but for the benefit of the citizens of Fethiye who would have more control over their local amenities.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bout 3.78 Turkish Lira on the international markets by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it bought 3.80 Turkish Lira.

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