Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and other Turkish tidbits.

Council Told To Stop Spraying

Further confusion around the transfer of responsibilities between Fethiye Council and the new Mugla Metropolitian Council were highlighted again last week when the local press reported that Fethiye Council has been told to stop treating their parks and gardens with insecticides.

Fethiye Council Parks and Recreation manager held a press conference last week to announce the news.

He was reported in the local press as saying that the weekly spraying against mosquitoes and cockroaches in the urban areas would also stop.

The activities should now be carried out by Mugla Metropolitan but no mention of when any replacement service may begin was made.

New Super Yacht Being Built in Turkey

A new super yacht to be named Skyfall after the James Bond film of which scenes were shot on our very own Calis Beach, Fethiye is being built in Turkey.

The project for the 68m super yacht, the design of which has been described as a “jaw-dropping project” has now started at the Sunrise Yachts shipyard in Antalya, Turkey.

The yacht is being built for John Staluppi, an American billionaire with a passion for collecting and creating boats and cars.

He is now using some of his money to create some of the most iconic superyachts ever built.

Mr Staluppi who is a James Bond fan has named all his boats after bond film titles including Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only, Moonraker and the 66 knot The World is Not Enough.

Skyfall is due to be completed in 2017.

Royal Pine

A 1000-year-old cedar tree growing in a forest in the Kas district of Antalya has been named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Love and Peace Cedar Memorial Trees Project which aims to promote tree growing around the world.

In the same park a 500 year-old cedar has also been given singer-songwriter Adele’s name as part of this project involving names from around the world.

Dolmus and Taxi Drivers Protest in Oludeniz

The local press reported on a peaceful protest by dolmus and taxi drivers in the resort of Oludeniz last week.

They were protesting against what was described as unfair competition by the free transfer services offered by hotels.

Shoe Shop Damaged by Fire

A shoe shop in the centre of Fethiye was damaged by a fire that broke out early on Saturday morning.

Neighbours raised the alarm when smoke was seen coming from the building on Belediye Caddesi near the Fish Market and Bazaar.

Fire crews fought the fire and brought the blaze under control.

A fire fighter wearing breathing apparatus and a short sleeved shirt entered the building to check no one was trapped.

The owner of the shop was interviewed by the local press when the fire crews were damping down. He was devastated and said all his stock was now ruined.

Turkish Money

The British Pound brought 3.62 Turkish Lira. The week before it bought 3.63

Fancy A Challenge?

This year’s Vodafone Istanbul Marathon will held on 16 November 2014.

The Istanbul Marathon is the only transcontinental marathon in the world; now in its 35th year it attracted 20,000 runners in 2013.

It’s a great opportunity for local runners to raise money for local charities too.

Full details here.

And Finally

Former Smiths front man Morrissey has released a new single called Istanbul as the third single of his upcoming album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business.