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

Mayor Gives Gift to Poorly Girl

A 9-year-old Fethiye girl, Hatice Munarlı, who suffers from brittle bone disease, paid a visit to the Mayor this week.

They chatted in his office for a while and then he presented her with a brand new lap top computer.

He told press “Her condition limits her ability to travel but now, via the computer, she can keep up with developments globally from the comfort of her own home.”

Tunnel Takes its Toll on Transfer Companies

Fethiye Chamber of Commerce called a press conference this week to demand automated payment systems be introduced to the Göcek Tunnel.

This would benefit local companies transferring tourists from Dalaman to hotels in and around Fethiye.

They claimed 720,000 vehicles passed through the tunnel last year and one local transfer company, with 11 buses, stated they had paid 15,000TL in tolls in one year.

There are two automated systems already operating on the Bosphorus bridges and toll motorways, ÖGS and KGS, and the Chamber wants to see one of these installed at the tunnel toll booths.

Fethiye Unites Against Terror

Some readers will be aware that 24 soldiers (mostly young men doing compulsory military service) were killed by terrorists this week in the far east of Turkey.

This has spawned a rash of demonstrations against terrorism across the country with Fethiye staging a silent ‘March against Terrorism’ along the Kordon last week.

The estimated 500 participants included the Ölüdeniz Yarenler, and other British residents, who marched alongside their Turkish friends and neighbours to the War memorial, where the national anthem was sung and local leaders made speeches.

Some hours later the silent march was followed by a very noisy protest carried out by young men on motorbikes and scooters, who paraded around the town with horns blowing before gathering in the Tuesday Market Place to shout slogans.

They then drove around the town a few more times before dispersing peacefully.

Lycia Challenge – Human Enduro Race

This week also saw the third running of the Lycia Challenge, a very difficult endurance race in which teams of four – three men and a woman per team – compete in running, mountain biking, sea kayaking, orienteering, swimming and rafting over four days and three nights.

The Challenge was started on Wednesday in Göcek, when the Governor of Muğla counted down from ten and the teams started by running to Gökceovacık, from where they proceeded on mountain bikes to the summit of Çaldağ some 2,200m above sea level.

This year 52 participants came from Turkey, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Hungary and New Zealand.

On Saturday evening the winners, a team comprised of French and Swiss athletes, were presented with their 5,000TL prize at Lycia World.

A Swedish team came second with a Danish team in third place.

The first five teams home all got a voucher giving them free entry to next year’s challenge. We are exhausted just writing about the challenge never mind actually doing it so well done to all.