Fethiye Times News – Our weekly round up of local Fethiye news.
Many thanks for our headline photo this week, which was taken by Fethiye Times reader, Hilmi Toros. It seems that the town’s resident pelican’s enjoy dining out too but at separate tables…
Free On-Street Car Parking for Fethiye
Last week Fethiye said goodbye to the on-street car park attendants.
Motorists will be pleased to hear that Muğla Municipality’s announced last week that all on-street car parking in Fethiye will be free under a new law that it has passed.
The law number 5216 on Road Traffic Act 2918 forbids the charging for all on-street parking spaces from April 29, 2016
The Municipality requests that motorists who are for asked payment should notify the law enforcement agencies.
Charges for off-street parking including private car parks if applicable will remain though.
Dog Dazers Distributed
The health and safety of emergency health workers featured in the local news last week when they were given an electronic gizmo that harmlessly repels aggressive dogs and cats.
The device emits an ultrasonic sound that only dogs and cats can hear. The sounds is so unusual to the animals that they are supposed to stop in their tracks.
The devices will form an essential health and safety tool to help staff who are confronted by aggressive dogs and cats when they are required to call at properties and premises where patients are located.
The press said that healthcare teams are facing the same problem all over the country and that the devices will be rolled out nationally to help protect staff.
The local press were at the scene of the setting up of a two day Base jumping event last week on the cliffs high above Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, Turkey.
A camera crew recorded the setting up of the staging platform that would be used as the jumping off point.
The set up looked as much of an adrenaline sport as the actual base jumping.
The group of men manhandled the multi piece platform staging on the sheer cliff edge without harness, crane or safety nets and with just a firm grip on the back of each other jeans as security.
The event took place over two days and base jumpers from all over the world took part.
The organisers hope that the site will be come world famous in time and attract more and more adrenaline fans.
You can read more about the location in our article BASE jumping comes to Fethiye
Ballerinas Find New Homes
In other Fethiye Times news the statues of four ballerinas were placed in the Ugur Mumcu park near the main war memorial earlier last week.
The ballerinas had caused controversy when they had initially been placed in the new Özgecan monument further down the promenade but then later removed.
You can read the full story Ballerinas Reach for the Sky in New Home (opens in new window).
More Fethiye Times News.
Over the mountains now to Antalya and the much talked about impact of terror attacks and security concerns on visiting tourist numbers was confirmed.
Tourism figures released last week for the first three months of 2016 stated that tourist arrivals were down 21 percent over the same period of 2015.
Of that Russian and German tourist numbers were down the most closely followed by French citizens. Visitors from the U.K. were reported to have reduced by 15 percent.
Russia introduced sanctions on travel by its citizens to Turkey on 1st January this year.
Bucking the trend were Israeli tourists whose numbers jumped from 4,000 to 16,000.
Fethiye Times News Spring Cleaning Continues
There were further preparations for the opening of the 2016 tourism season last week with plenty of hammering, banging, hoeing, trimming and painting going on along the sea front and in and around town.
The beach parasols and sun beds were laid out on Calis Beach.
TURMEPA and the Travel Foundation continued their operation spring clean with more volunteers taking to the shore lines to collect trash washed up and blown around.
The Tour Rolled Out of Town
Saturday saw the Tour of Turkey cyclists set off to Marmaris for stage 7 of the 52nd Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey.
A large crowd turned up to cheer them off led by Fethiye resident, Alex Askin, see here on his specially adapted hand-cranked recumbent cycle.
To give our readers an idea of the event, here is a video made by Fethiye Times reader, Gareth Patten, for which many thanks.
The British Pound ended the week buying 4.08 TL.
The forecast looks a bit changeable for the week ahead.
Getting Ready for the Forest Fire Season
With the forest fire season just around the corner Mugla Municipality Fire Department has been deploying fire tenders to outlying villages in the area.
The red tenders can be towed by tractor to fires as first responder and prevent small or larger fires from spreading until the rest of the fire service arrives.
The Municipality has distributed 74 tenders in total.
Fethiye Times News… And Finally
Fethiye Times Facebook page readers loved this image we snapped in Calis earlier this week.
Mobile villa anyone?