We continue our round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

Schools Out For Summer, Drivers Beware

Schools are almost closed for the summer which means hundreds of thousands of Turkish families will take to the road shortly, in heavily laden vehicles, to visit friends and family around the country – we call it ‘going on holiday’.

Anyway the Turkish equivalent of the Highways Agency has put out a very long press release highlighting all the hot spots for road works around the country.

Two local ones may interest you:

– on the Dalaman Airport road (yes we know its been like that for months) a section of road is closed resulting in two-way traffic on half the dual carriageway (be specially careful at night with this one);

– on the road into Marmaris, which is being widened, a section will be closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays until further notice, 16.30 – 18.30, as they are dynamiting rock.

Developments Threaten Yaniklar Village and Beyond

Comparatively sleepy Yanıklar village keeps hitting the headlines in the context of ‘protest’.

A few weeks ago the villagers held a protest march, led by a very active 85-year-old woman, to try and stop planned hydroelectric installations on the Kargı River, which flows through the village and feeds the irrigation canals that are crucial for all the local growers.

Following the march, the villagers have set up a ‘protest camp’ at the source of the river in the mountains behind the village.

They have also asked for a court judgement claiming the river belongs to the village, hence it cannot be ‘interfered with’ without the agreement of the village.

Yanıklar is also the chosen site for the new dry dock facilities to replace the existing boat yard in Karagözler.

Villagers don’t want the dry dock as it will ruin a large beach which is currently barely developed, and features nesting loggerhead turtles, a migratory bird wetlands and a host of wild flowers at various times of the year.

The arguments over the dry dock have been rumbling on for years and have now been taken to European authorities.

We shall keep you posted on both protests.

Reward for Hard Work

And our friends who perform Turkish folk dances and songs under the name Ölüdeniz Yarenler, hit the headlines locally and nationally early in the week when some of them applied for Turkish citizenship.

They have fulfilled the residence and means of support criteria, are all working hard on their Turkish language skills, and are clearly engaged with the local culture – so we wish them luck.

Election Fever

Finally, if you are living in Turkey, you canot have helped but notice we are in the run up to a general election with all the bunting and posters on display and the dreaded buses driving around belting out party songs.

The current government are expected to win again when polling takes place on 12th June. Local press reported this week that there will be 516 ballot boxes in Fethiye and 134,700 voters.

Unlike the UK voting is compulsory in Turkey.