As we reported in our news round up on Monday, Fethiye’s mayor, Behçet Saatcı, has announced a campaign
to have the status of Fethiye raised from that of a town to a city.
Biggest town between Muğla and Antalya
With an ever-increasing population (140,509 in 2014), Fethiye is by far the largest town in Muğla,
and Fethiye’s 40-year-old aspiration to become a city, and all that the title entails, has once again
been revived by the Fethiye Municipality particularly since neighbouring Seydikemer,
with its much smaller population of 59,660, was made a town last year.
Mayor has support of 38 local NGOs
Representatives from 38 local non-governmental organisations attended a meeting with
the Mayor Saatçı and showed their backing for him by wearing tee-shirts
and hats emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Fethiye il olsun’ – ‘Let Fethiye become a city’.
An ideal location
Speakers at the meeting pointed out that Fethiye is an ideal location for a city,
being 126 kilometres from Muğla and 200 kilometres from Antalya.
Online petition started
During the meeting, which was also attended by the President of Fethiyespor Football Club,
Ismail Öztürk, a signature petition was initiated.
8th March deadline
The campaign will continue until 8th March, by which time the municipality hopes to have collected
and a website petition has been started.
All the NGOs have invited their members to support the campaign.
Non Turkish residents have been told that they may also sign the petition.
Fethiye expansion plan
The same campaign is being set in motion at Ortaca and Dalaman in Muğla, and Kaş, Antalya.
All these towns are planned to be part of Fethiye when it becomes a city.
Petition will be sent to Ankara
The petition will eventually be forwarded to President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and the Minister for Interior Affairs, Efkan Ala.
*Photos courtesy of Fethiye Municipality