Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

No spot to sunbathe for free in Turkey’s famous Fethiye

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Kuleli Bay

There are no spots to sunbathe free of charge in one of Turkey’s most famous resort towns, Fethiye, located in the southwestern province of Muğla.

The issue of cabin-tents for private rental on the beaches was raised when people could not find spots to sunbathe on Kumburnu beach in Ölüdeniz, one of the most famous coves in the world.

The coves, where these cabin-tents are lined up, are under the control of private businesses, thus when one wants to enter the beach they have to pay an entrance fee in addition to renting a sunbed or cabin-tent.

Daily spending for swimming and sunbathing increases even more when people pay for food.

“There are beaches and sea all around the area, but there is no place to enter them for free,” the people have been complaining.

Nearly all of the beaches people can swim in on the Fethiye coastline are being run by private businesses.

The issue was criticised by Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatcı, who shared the report from his social media account and drew attention to the similar situation in the Küçük Samanlı, Büyük Samanlı and Kuleli coves.

“A fee should be taken, even though it would be a symbolic amount,” said Saatcı, speaking to Daily Hurriyet separately.

“Leaving the beaches uncontrolled brings about environmental pollution. That is why we do not support them being left without control. Our criticism is against the ridiculous prices and the cabin-tents adjacent to the sea,”

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

Eight hectares of forest land damaged in fire in Turkey’s Muğla

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Eight hectares of forest land have been damaged in a fire that broke out in the Menteşe district in the province of Muğla on Friday.

The fire broke out in steeply forested land in the Akbük neighbourhood of Menteşe. It took the efforts of 20 aircraft, six helicopters and 100 forestry workers to bring the fire under control.

According to initial examinations, eight hectares of forest land were damaged by the fire.

Cooling works in the area are currently ongoing.

Gendarmerie forces, meanwhile, have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

We cannot stress enough the importance of being careful and vigilant in these extremely hot weather conditions.

4.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Turkish resort Marmaris

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A magnitude 4.8 earthquake jolted the Turkish resort town of Marmaris in the evening hours of Friday, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The quake struck at 19:48 p.m. (EET) and was quite deep, measuring at a depth of 61.98 km below the seabed.

The epicentre was 11 km south of Lárdos, Greece, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

No damage or injuries were reported. The temblor was also felt in nearby towns such as Bodrum and Datça.

In July, a magnitude 6.7 quake shook beach resorts in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists who were crushed when a building collapsed on a bar on the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region.

In June, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook a village on the Greek island of Lesbos, killing a woman and leaving more than 15 injured. The quake also caused panic on Turkey’s Aegean coast.

Turkey is among the world’s most seismically active countries as it is situated on a number of active fault lines, with the most potentially devastating one being the Northern Anatolia Fault (NAF), where the Anatolian and Eurasian plates meet.

Work starts on the new recreational area opposite the Devlet State Hospital

Earlier this summer we reported on what was happening with the wasteland area opposite the Devlet State Hospital in Fethiye.

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Click here to read our article if you missed it.

Fethiye Municipality have now fenced off the area and hoardings with computer generated images are displayed showing what the recreational area will look like.

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Here’s a taster…

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Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatçı, said the coastal zone would extend as far as the Şat headland at Çalış providing a 4.5-kilometre promenade for pedestrians. The project will include paths for trekking, parks, green fields and small cafés. The work should be completed within three months.

We’ll bring you further updates as the work progresses.