Our first round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area for 2013 includes credit crunch blamed for fewer foreign marriages, over 1 million TL raised in traffic fines and more in our round up of the local news.

Eldest Leader Wins Award

In the past we have written about Fethiye’s oldest and longest-serving muhtar who represents the Kesikkapı district.

Hasan Şaröz first became the muhtar in1946 and, 66 years later, he is still muhtar and now aged 94.

This week he was presented with Fethiye’s ‘Muhtar of the Year’ award and told local press he will be standing down at the next elections in 2014.

Credit Crunch Blamed for Fewer Foreign Weddings

The Fethiye Registrar announced his figures for foreign weddings in 2012 and pointed out a 17% fall in demand over the past two years.

In 2010 he married 460 foreign couples, in 2012 this had fallen to 409.

He blames the European credit crunch.

Over 1 Million TL Collected in Traffic Fines in Fethiye

Yes, folks, it’s the season for the previous year’s annual statistics to be revealed.

The Chief of Traffic Police for Fethiye held a breakfast press conference to announce his figures.

There are now over 89 thousand vehicles registered in Fethiye, and a further 31 thousand motorbikes and scooters.

Police attended 869 traffic accidents in 2012 of which 570 involved injury to people.

Well over a million lira was collected in fines for breaches of traffic regulations, and a total of almost 2.5 thousand vehicles were taken off the road.

422 drivers lost their licences for failing breathalyser tests.

And all of this was before the cameras were installed – look forward to even bigger numbers next year.

2012 Police Statistics Published

Not to be outdone, the Chief of Police also announced his numbers for 2012.

During the year police were called out to 1,588 incidents as a result of which 2,063 people were arrested.

There were 5 murders and 20 cases involving wounding, a total of 48 people were charged in connection with these offences.

There were 17 reported cases of sexual assault and 132 occurrences of domestic violence, suspects were charged in all of these cases.

He told press they had had an extremely busy year.

Brits Still the Top Tourist Visiting Nationality

And the figures for foreigners entering Muğla during 2012 were also released.

Last year showed an overall 2% drop on 2011 figures, and the British are still top of the countries visiting the province.

In 2012 a total of 3.133 million foreigners entered Muğla by air or sea, and that was about 50,000 less than the previous year.


Kayaköy ‘Ghost Village’ Top Visitor Attraction

Finally, the Director of Fethiye Museum gave his figures for last year to the press.

Of the 8 historic sites administered by the Museum, the most popular by far was Kayaköy which had 68,254 visitors.

They paid a total of 260,885 TL in entry fees – some people used Museum Cards and others (children under 12 and Turkish citizens over 65) are entitled to free entry.