Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Renovation work starts on “tartan track” in Fethiye
Renovation work has started on the “tartan track” walking path along the 2nd and 3rd stages of the Fethiye promenade.
The 1900 meters long section of the walking path, which was originally laid 15 years ago at the 2nd Stage and six years ago at the 3rd Stage, is showing definite signs of wear.
The renovation works will cost 1 million 995 thousand TL and all waste from the removal of the old track will be recycled.
Fethiye Municipality Parks and Gardens Director Durmuş Sazcı said; “The renovation work of our tartan track, which is frequently used by our citizens, has started. We hope to reunite our 1900 meters long walking path with our citizens as soon as possible.”
Şehit Fethi Bey Park is ready for the normalisation period
Turkey entered a new stage in the fight against the pandemic from June 1, and sports fields, gyms, cafes, tea gardens, astroturf pitches and playgrounds were reopened within the framework of coronavirus measures and operating guidelines.
Fethiye Municipality teams have been working hard to prepare communal areas around Fethiye that have stood empty for many weeks.
Last week, the teams overhauled the swings, slides, seesaws in the park and repaired any that were broken and worn, with any that were unusable being renewed.
Whilst municipality officials want families and children to have a pleasant time in the park, they want visitors to be careful against Covid and to keep the park clean.
The award-winning Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı is set over a total of 68 thousand m² with 5 thousand m² dedicated to children’s play areas and is the largest park in Fethiye.
Saklıkent Canyon ready for the summer season
Saklıkent Canyon, located in Seydikemer district, is ready and waiting for visitors during the normalization process.
In line with Covid-19 measures, Seydikemer Municipality has created disinfectant points at the entrance and inside the canyon, and cafes and restaurants have been disinfected in readiness for visitors. Signs asking visitors to comply with the social distance rules are now displayed in prominent places in the canyon. In addition, the restaurants and cafes at the canyon are open in line with coronavirus measures.
Brand new for 2021, is the ‘I Love Saklıkent’ sign at the entrance of the canyon. Seydikemer Mayor Yakup Otgöz, said, “The country is going through a tough time. We welcome everyone who wants to breathe a little easier and be in touch with nature to Saklıkent Canyon in Seydikemer.”
Turkey prepares emergency plan for Marmara marine mucilage problem
Turkey’s environment minister said on Thursday that they are preparing a comprehensive action plan for the protection of the Sea of Marmara as marine mucilage is spreading in the waters.
“We are currently working on measures to be taken both in the short and the long term regarding the mucilage occurring in Marmara,” Murat Kurum told reporters in the central Konya province.
Marine mucilage or “sea snot” is the overgrowth of microscopic algae called phytoplankton. The thick, mucus-like slimy layer contains a variety of microorganisms and is caused by an increase in seawater temperature due to global warming, stillness at sea, and pollution.
Discharge of domestic and industrial waste, maritime and fishing activities also affect the sea.
He said scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Environment Ministry and the Marmara Municipalities Union are all working together to solve the “sea snot” problem.
“We are preparing an emergency action plan. Of course, when you look at this point, the reason for mucilage seems to be the increase in seawater temperature, the pollution in the sea and the decrease in the water level with the effects of climate change, and the decrease in water mobility,” Kurum added.
Speaking at a workshop on The Mucilage Problem in the Sea of Marmara and Solutions on Friday, dean of the maritime faculty at Bandirma Onyedi Eylul University called for the establishment of a mucilage warning system for the Marmara Sea.
There are many reasons for the formation of mucilage, Dr Mustafa Sari said at the workshop, “Unless we change our waste management system, we have no chance to get rid of mucilage.”
About 25 million people live in seven cities on the coast of Marmara.
Turkish lira hits record low after Erdoğan renews call for interest rate cuts
The Turkish lira hit a historic low on Wednesday, triggered by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call for lower interest rates in the country where inflation is more than 17%.
The battered currency fell as low as 8.88 to the dollar, a 4% drop, later recouping some losses to trade at around 8.59 as markets closed in Istanbul.
Speaking to Turkish state television Tuesday night and referring to a discussion with his recently appointed central bank governor, Erdoğan said: “I even spoke to the central bank governor today — we certainly need to lower interest rates. For that, we need to see July, August for interest rates to start coming down.” He added that lower rates would ease pressure on investments.
The comments sent more jitters through Turkish markets, making the already weak lira ever more vulnerable. Investors are concerned about the central bank’s lack of independence from Erdoğan, who has said that interest rates are “the devil” and holds the unconventional belief that cutting them will reduce inflation — the opposite of what most economists say is the case.
Anadolu Efes beats Barcelona to clinch maiden THY EuroLeague title
Anadolu Efes clinched its maiden Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title after beating Barcelona 86-81 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday.
Efes became the second Turkish team to win the EuroLeague since Fenerbahçe’s Final Four victory back in 2017.
The victory made all the players on the team champions for the first time as well as Ergin Ataman, who became the first Turkish-born head coach to lift the trophy.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor football school registration
Fethiyespor announced on Thursday that Football School registration has started for children born in 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013.
Football school activities will be held at the Daily Basilica Field, and the registrations can be made at the Fethiyespor club building between 12:00-18:00 every day except Sunday.
For more information, contact: +90 536 306 1916
Congratulations to Anadolu Efes
Fethiyespor congratulated Anadolu Efes for winning the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title on social media.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 12.27 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.14 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.56 TL.
The Euro bought 10.54 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.43 TL.
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Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Dining on the beach – Akyaka” by Lyn Ward.