Following Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu’s statements about a possible ban on barbecues along the city’s shores, citizens had mixed opinions on the issue, many remaining distant to the idea.
"We already did it in Beylikdüzü [a district in Istanbul where İmamoğlu once served as mayor] and saved the shore. We plan to do it throughout Istanbul. Barbecuing on the shore is not right. Smoke from barbecues affect its surroundings, they do not only affect the area they are being held, but also cover a 200 meter area around it,’’ İmamoğlu told reporters last week.
The statements caused some controversy among the city’s inhabitants; while some agreed with the ban, others argued that the shores were the only places left in the city to conduct such activities.
Currently, there are no clear indicators on whether the ban will come to pass or not.
Recep Kenar, a citizen who says he spend his weekends barbecuing on the Zeytinburnu shore, says, “I don’t know where we can have them if not here. They need to think about that first, before exercising any types of bans. We need more green spaces.”
Another citizen thinks that there should be special areas that are designated specifically for barbecues instead of a complete ban.
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