Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Memorial Forest Planted

A memorial forest was established last week in the village of Eldirek near Fethiye.

The site was planted with 5,000 saplings in memory of the people who died in the 15 July failed coup attempt.

Smugglers and Migrants Arrested in Fethiye

Image Fethiye Haber Bulletin

People smuggling was back in the headlines last week.

60 people were arrested aboard a 13 meter yacht designed for just 6 people.

The coastguard intercepted the boat and brought it and the people back to shore.

It was reported that the people had boarded the yacht in the Karagozler area near to the boat yard which just 500m down the road from the Fethiye coastguard station.

The people were reported to be of Syrian nationality and included 20 children and 12 women.


Twelve people who were arrested in the above operation faced the courts last week.

They faced charges of people smuggling and of theft of the yacht in which the people were aboard.

Three of those arrested were foreign nationals.

Four have been released on bail whilst two were released.

Study Shows Continuing Migration

A report by the Ministry of the Interior into irregular migration featured in the local press last week.

The report stated that in the last week a total of 500 people trying to migrate from Turkey to Europe had been rescued and 4 traffickers had been seized by the Coastguard in 14 separate incidents.

The press said that of those 203 people were rescued from the sea and 11 were found dead.

The report covered the period 17 – 24 March 2017.

Fethiye Hayvan Dostları – fund raising dinner

Hayvan Dostları fund raising dinner
The hardworking Hayvan Dostları committee

Last Friday the volunteer group Fethiye Hayvan Dostları (Fethiye Animal Friends) operating under the FETAV organisation, held a funding raising dinner at Şat Restaurant in Çalış to raise money for the Animal Education Centre that is planned to be built in Fethiye on land provided by the municipality.

We are pleased to report that the event was well attended and the evening raised a net total of 5500TL which will contribute towards the cost of the building.

Hayvan Dostları fund raising dinner
The highlight of the evening was the auction of four football strips, signed by the teams.

One of the highlights of the evening was an auction of four football shirts from Turkish football teams Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş and our very own Fethiyespor, all signed by the teams. Local singer celebrity, Pasha, used his considerable charm to get some impressive bids for these collectors items…

Hayvan Dostları fund raising dinner
Local celebrity, Pasha, ran the auction

As this evening was focused on the local animal population, is should be of no surprise that a local canine came to the dinner. He didn’t give his name and we have no idea whether he was invited or gatecrashed the event. Whatever the case, he thanked all the human guests for their generosity (in exchange for a meaty treat).

Hayvan Dostları fund raising dinner
VIP guest or gatecrasher?

Water Main Repaired

If you experienced a cut in your water supply last week it was because the water authority MUSKI was repairing the water main.

It deployed a number of teams to tackle a total of 7 leaks in the main water main that brings water from the mountains above the village of Oren to Fethiye.

The teams started at 5am and completed their work and had the water flowing again by 2am it was reported.

No Spring Forward

Turkey did not change its clocks on Sunday morning like the rest of Europe and many countries in the world for summer time.

Turkey took the decision last year not to move its clocks twice a year.

However, many mobile phones and other devices still change the time, either due to age or lack of software update, causing confusion amongst citizens.

So if you were asked “What time is it?” yesterday now you know why.

Turkey is now 2 hours ahead of British Summer Time.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.50 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it was selling for 4.49 TL.

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