Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of selected news from in and around Fethiye.

City Petition Gathers 60,000 Signatures

A campaign spearheaded by the Fethiye Mayor to grant city status to the Turkish Mediterranean town of Fethiye reached a key milestone last week when a petition was sent to Ankara.

The Mayor Behçet Saatcı was backed by 38 NGO’s in his campaign ‘Fethiye il olsun’ – ‘Let Fethiye become a city’.

Signatures were gathered on street corners, coffee shops, work places and door to door.

The press reported that Fethiye’s European immigrant population also signed the petition boosting numbers further.

The petition gathered some 60,000 signatures.

Now the town is waiting for the decision from Ankara.

Long Winter for Thermal Resort

The severe winter weather has taken its toll on some of the buildings and places around the area.

Last week the local press visited the famous mud baths on Lake Köyceğiz where a digger was pictured tearing down the walls of one of the thermal pool buildings that had been damaged by storms, tide and rain.

The main structure was left intact.

Buildings works will commence to restore the building soon.

Fugitive Arrested in Fethiye

A German man who was wanted in his country for drug trafficking crimes was arrested in Fethiye last week.

The security services arrested the man as he got off a bus from Antalya.

He was taken to court and is now awaiting deportation.

Council Security Working

Council security staff prevented a man who was carrying a knife entering the council offices in downtown Fethiye last week.

The Police arrested the man and found he had a record of psychiatric issues.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Security measures were introduced at the council offices after the September 2009 knife attack on the mayor that resulted in his deputy suffering serious injuries.

Another Bumpy Week for the Turkish Lira

It was another exciting week on the worlds currency markets with the Turkish Lira teetering close to the 4 TL to the British Pound for half the week.

But then on Wednesday the currency suddenly gathered strength to 3.84 TL.

It ended the week at 3.89 TL.

Picture of the Week

We received a wonderful Fethiye image this week from Fethiye Times reader Nadia and it is our leading picture for Fethiye Times this week.

It shows an amazing rainbow coming out from a moody cloud over Calis.

Nadia said “we are so lucky to have such an amazing landscape, every day is different and even every hour. All that I need – to grab my camera and take a picture.”

Thank you Nadia for your wonderful picture.