Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
It’s going to be unseasonably warm tomorrow with temperatures forecast to hit a high of 21 degrees centigrade.
It should stay warm during the week but local rain showers will cool the air as they pass through.
Bright sunshine and temperatures as high as 19 degrees are expected on Saturday.
Fined for Polluting Fethiye Bay
The press reported that a Dutch registered cargo ship the Deo Volenta was fined 60,000 TL for polluting Fethiye Bay last week.
The Netherlands registered 3,000 Tonne cargo ship was anchored off Sovalye Island which is a popular anchorage for passing small cargo ships.
However, a Coastguard patrol spotted it emptying tons of polluted water and other solids from its bilge into the water.
The Coastguard boarded the ship and spoke with the captain.
A file was prepared and given to the public prosecutor.
The shipping company was forced to pay the fine before the ship could make its onward journey.
The ship was last seen docked in Istanbul.
VAT Break for Foreign Property Investors
The Hurriyet Daily News reported that Turkey’s parliament has approved an omnibus law which introduced an exemption of 18 percent of value-added tax (VAT) for foreigners who invest in real estate in Turkey.
They said that the law, which was passed by parliament late on Feb. 23, will also be applicable to Turks who live and work abroad for more than six months.
Foreigners won’t pay VAT for their first offices or houses in Turkey on the condition that they make payment in foreign currency and do not sell their properties for at least one year after the acquisition.
Citizenship on Offer Too
The newspaper also reported that citizenship would be granted to foreigners who buy properties in Turkey.
However, it’s only for the rich as those properties must have been purchased for $1 million or more.
Property Prices Surge
Property related news continued to hit the headlines with the news that Turkish property prices have surged 12.8 percent in January.
A total of 95,389 properties were sold in the month with 38 percent bought with a mortgage.
Of those sale some 1,386 were sold to foreigners.
Treasure Seller Arrested
The trade in ancient artefacts has got a whole lot harder thanks to the work of the security services.
Two weeks ago we told the story of how four people allegedly engaged in the illegal excavation of historical monuments in the Seydikemer District of Mugla were caught red-handed by the Jandarma as they were busy excavating a 2 meter hole.
The men were arrested and their equipment that included a generator, two diggers, two shovels, wooden supports, 33-meter-long rope and tipped used by the suspects for excavation were confiscated by the Jandarma.
Last week police arrested a man at Köyceğiz bus station when they found he was carrying ancient artefacts with the intention to sell them.
The press said that the man claimed he had made the figure head and rosaries.
The Director of Fethiye Museum who was called however confirmed they were authentic items from the Byzantine period.
Turkey protects theft of its cultural and natural assets even if they are as yet undiscovered under legislation.
The man now faces charges under those laws.
The recent fluctuations in the value of the Turkish currency relaxed again last week for the second week in a row.
The British Pound bought 4.50 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday unchanged on the week before.
On Thursday is was selling for 4.45 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.