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Plans over Kisebükü stir Bodrum

HDN | 7/28/2009 12:00:00 AM |

The plans to construct a tourism facility in Bodrum’s Kisebükü have drawn major criticism from nongovernmental organizations.

Plans to construct a tourism facility in Bodrum’s Kisebükü have drawn major criticism from environmentalists and nongovernmental organizations in the popular Mediterranean resort town.

A construction firm last month announced that it received the necessary permission to build a 1,400-bed hotel in Kisebükü, which is located on the Bodrum peninsula and serves as an opening point to Gökova Bay. Led by Bodrum Municipality and Bodrum Chamber of Commerce, 29 organizations held a press conference Tuesday to protest the plans.

“Kisebükü should be preserved as it is, no buildings should be allowed in the region,” read a written statement released at the meeting. “It is the gate to Gökova, the beginning of our beautiful, untouched bays.”

The majority of businesses in Bodrum depend on tourism for their revenue; therefore the historic and natural beauties should be preserved, according to the statement.

A lawsuit was also filed Tuesday with the Bodrum Prosecutor’s Office, requesting the construction permission in Kisebükü to be annulled.

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