Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local Fethiye news.
Fethiye Commemorates Namesake
Fethiye commemorated the 101 anniversary of the death of its namesake aviator Fethi Bey who died in 1914 when his plane crashed.
Images of the event can be seen below in our gallery.
Friday Night Storm Causes Flooding
The week ended with a severe thunderstorm on Friday night that rumbled on through until Saturday morning.
The torrential rain that accompanied the storm caused flooding in some areas of Fethiye.
The meteorology service was quoted in the local press as saying that 30kg of rain had called in the three hours.
Mash for Cash
It was announced last week that over 1 million tonnes of potatoes are now harvested in Muğla each year.
World Bike Girl Reaches Mersin
World Bike Girl, aka Ishbel Taromsari, is an intrepid 35 year old adventurer attempting to cycle around the world.
She first came to the attention of Fethiye Times when she arrived in Fethiye with a new companion she had met on the way, Lucy a large dog.
We got to know Ishbel and wrote about her plans and also about Lucy the stray that befriended her along the first part of her Turkish journey.
After veterinary treatment for Lucy and a rest the intrepid duo set off, with the addition of a bike trailer to carry Lucy, towards the east of Turkey.
Lucy contacted Fethiye Times via social media on Saturday to say she was now in the Mersin region having made good progress despite the winter weather and the 25 stone of kit and canine to pull along.
Well done #WorldBikeGirl.
You can read the Fethiye Times story about Ishbel and Lucy here in our article Ishbel and Lucy: an incredible Turkish journey.
Campaign Underway for Fethiye to Become a City
Fethiye’s Municipality wants to raise the status of Fethiye from a town to a city.
With the population rapidly growing each year the once small town is now the largest in the county of Muğla.
A campaign led by Fethiye mayor is now in full swing and supported by 38 local organisations.
The campaign hit the streets last week with petition stations set up all over town to collect signatures from locals and also expats.
Supporters can also be seen all around town wearing the campaign clothing of a white T-shirt and baseball cap with the words ‘Let Fethiye become a city’ emblazon on them.
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Fishing Competition Well Attended
A fishing competition held on the shores of the D-Marin marina last week was well attended despite the wet weather.
The heaviest fish landed was, according to local reports, 1.2 kg and the longest 46 cm.
It was a turbulent week for the Turkish Lira following the reduction of interest rates and other market forces.
The British Pound could buy 3.89 Turkish Lira at one point on the 27th February 2015 nudging close to the 4 Turkish Lira to the Pound bar.
The currency ended slightly down at 3.87 by the close of business on Friday.
One of the best tourist rates available at the weekend was 3.73 Turkish Lira to the Pound.
Animal Aid Need Your Help
Local animal charity Animal Aid are seeking the support of visitors this season.
If you are coming over to Fethiye and its resorts this year they would love it if you could bring a little something to donate to their shop so they can raise more funds.
More details of how to donate can be found on the Animal Aid website here.