Yesterday being one of the few sunny days we've had so far in 2012, we set off for a stroll along Fethiye harbour to make the most of the pleasant, late winter temperatures - and to take some photos. The lighting at this time of year is perfect for photographing the yachts and gülets anchored in the marina.
Hoardings display the proposed layout of Fethiye's new town squareWe bumped into a couple of friends along the way and they asked us if we'd seen the hoardings displaying the proposed layout of Fethiye's new town square. No we hadn't...but we soon put that right.
The mayor of Fethiye, Behçet Saatçi, appears to be on a mission to leave his legacy in the form of the creation of a bütik şehir (boutique city) and residents of Fethiye are being told on advertising hoardings, 'Her şey size özel olacak.' (Everything will be special for you.) So far, the second section of Fethiye harbour has been completed and phase 3 is currently underway...albeit slowly. Then last July, we were wondering if the newly pedestrianised Dispanser area would be the new centre of Fethiye.
Parking, pathways and seating are in the artist's impressionIt looks as though this is indeed going to be the case with the brand new town square - complete with clock tower, waterways, swirling footpaths and seating areas - being built by the sea, just on the edge of the pedestrianised Dispanser area.
So whether you live in Fethiye or if you're a regular visitor, we're all going to be noticing some big changes to our surroundings in the near future. At the moment however, it looks like this - and has done for the last couple of weeks...
The new Fethiye Square as it looks right now...constant rain does not firm building ground make! As soon as work can begin again (it's very pond-like at the moment) we'll get some photos and keep you updated.
If you know Fethiye and are trying to picture where all this is taking place, the restaurant on the corner with the green banner is the recently-reopened Buffalo Steakhouse. The war memorial is just to the side of this shot. For a closer inspection, click on any of the photos to make them bigger.