Election music boycott, coffee house shooter, boat trips, socks and the weather feature in our weekly round up of the local news snippets.

Election music boycott, coffee house shooter, boat trips, socks and the weather feature in our weekly round up of the local news snippets.

Election Music Boycott

As readers should be aware local elections are looming, in fact election day is 29th March, but unlike the national elections there doesn’t seem to be much canvassing take place.

This week the local branch of the Democratic Left Party (DSP in Turkish) announced it would be canvassing but would not play loud music as part of its efforts.

A spokesman said “Loud music from vans on the street disturbs work in schools and offices and can be upsetting for patients in hospitals, so we are committed to making only spoken announcements and invite other parties to join us in our music boycott.”  We agree – but doubt if other political parties will follow suit.

Bullet Proof

And down in Kumluova – that’s the place just before Patara with wall-to-wall greenhouses, a man walked into a coffee house with his hunting gun and shot another man who was minding his own business, sitting at a table, drinking a coffee. 

The shooter did say “I’m going to kill you” but the injured man raised his arm and the bullet hit his arm rather than entering the body.

The shooter is now in custody and the victim said “I don’t understand it.  I hardly know him.

No-one ever did anything like this to me before.” 

And we hope it never happens again.

Ship Shape?

Meanwhile back in central Fethiye the Kaymakam held a meeting this week attended by the Director of Tourism, the Harbour Master, and the Coast Guard together with owners/operators of day boats.

The Kaymakam wants them to clean up their act, make sure the boats meet hygiene standards, preferably have their crew dressed alike, and make sure that any moonlight tours do not include loud music and disruptive lighting effects.

In the coming season they will also be forbidden from anchoring at Cleopatra’s Hamam – that bay is being reserved for private yachts.

Seems like he’s trying to raise the tone on the Kordon somewhat – we wish him luck.

Sock it to ‘em

And the hot money is going into socks!

Apparently socks are now 100% cheaper here than in Europe and are favourite buys with tourists.

We await a branch of the Sock Shop opening in Paspatur.

Med Winter

Unsettled weather continued to be a feature of the last week.

On Thursday morning hail the size of marbles fell on Ovacik/Hisaronu rudely awaking residents.

This was followed by strong gusts of wind that whipped up the sea creating large waves that crashed onto the beaches of Oludeniz, Calis and all along the coast.

Saturday and Sunday were a particularly wet with torrential rain and thunderstorms pelting the area.

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