This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes new fines set for Hisarönü noise disturbance, foreign residents learn Turkish in Fethiye, gambling den bust and more in our round up of the local news.

Bar owners in Hisarönü Beware

It was announced this week that, following even more complaints from holidaymakers about loud music, a serious set of fines has been put in place for next season.

Anyone playing loud music which is disturbing people, will be liable to a fine of 19 – 60 thousand TL.

The Chair of Fethiye’s Tourism Association told press, “We think it is actually only about 10% of businesses that are ruining things for everyone – and we shall crack down on that 10%.”

Foreign Residents Learn Turkish

A new Turkish course for foreign residents has started at the Halk Eğitim Evi (Adult Education Institute) in downtown Fethiye.

The Halk Eğitim is near the Museum and the course is running Monday and Wednesday, with 24 people already in the class.

In total the course will deliver 128 hours of tuition, and certificates will be issued for successful completion.

Local press visited a class this week, and one of the participants told them “We are committed to living in Turkey so we must learn Turkish”.

Vegas Bust

Police raided an illegal gambling den in a residential apartment in Fethiye town centre this week, and arrested 12 men found gambling, the owner of the apartment (complete with illegal gun), and also took away piles of signed IOU’s for gambling debts.

The latter will presumably lead to more arrests.


Teenager Killed in Collision

And ending on a tragic note.

A 15-year-old lise student, Özlem Zorlu, was out for a morning walk with her mother in Karagedik.

Özlem stepped out to cross the road, when she was hit by a car and killed as her mother looked on.

The tragedy also hit her classmates who told press “We just can’t believe she is dead. She was here and now she isn’t.”