Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
Turkey To Vote in April
The Turkish Parliament voted in favour of plans to change the constitution last week.
The vote was 339 in favour and 142 against.
Under the Turkish system amendments to the constitution need to be approved by 367 or more of the 550 members.
Proposals that get between 330 and 366 are then decided by a public vote; a referendum.
The referendum is expected to take place in early April.
The local press reported an ‘eeeerrrgghhhh’ moment last week.
A 10 year old boy had been climbing on an iron railing.
But his hand slipped and was impaled by one of the sharp decorative spikes on the top of the fence.
Neighbours were alerted to the boys predicament when they head his screams.
A fire crew under the supervision of a medical team used a specialist cutting tool normally used to free people from wrecked cars to cut the boy free.
The boy was taken to hospital with the small but sharp steel section still in his hand.
That was later removed after surgery and his hand is reported to be free from lasting damage.
Surprise Birthday Celebration
The Mayor of Fethiye Behçhet Saatçi had a surprise when he arrived at the office of Fethiye Council in Fethiye last Friday.
Over 100 staff workers and councillors had gathered to wish the Mayor a happy 60th birthday.
The surprise had been a well kept secret judging by the look on the Mayors face as he entered the offices.
He received flowers, cut his cake and then thanked those gathered for all their support over the last 18 years that he has held the office.
Happy Birthday from Fethiye Times too!
The local press reported that three foreign national females were arrested by police at Fethiye shopping mall last week.
The three were all accused of offering personal services using the underground car park at the mall as their base.
Viewing Points Damaged
According to social media news page Fethiye Haber Bulteni thieves are thought to behind a spate of criminal damage to viewing points in and around Oludeniz last week.
The distinctive silver viewing points had been forcibly opened and cash removed the site claimed.
A family of 4 were from the village of Karadere were rushed to hospital last week after becoming ill.
The source of the sickness was suspected to be carbon monoxide poisoning from a blocked coal burning stove flue.
The Turkish currency continued to lose value last week.
The British Pound bought 4.66 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday but at one point it was worth 4.73 TL.
The week before the Pound bought 4.48TL.
Another winter week head with sunshine and showers at sea level.
Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 12 degrees and a low of 1 degree.