(CMR) The Ministry for District Administration and Lands (DAL) has announced Cabinet’s appointment of the Public Lands Commission (PLC). Woody DaCosta, who represents Bodden Town, is chairperson of the board, while his deputy is Teddy Ebanks, who represents Northside.
Other members of the board include Ezmie Smith from West Bay, Elsie Kynes representing Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, Shane Edwards representing East End, Shanna Myles representing George Town.
The Director of Lands and Survey (or Director’s designate), Chief Officer for the Ministry of Lands (or Chief Officer’s designate), Chief Officer for the Ministry of Commerce (or Chief Officer’s designate), and Chief Officer for the Ministry of Tourism (or Chief Officer’s designate) also make up the board.
The Minister responsible for Lands, Honourable Julianna O’Connor-Connolly, shared, “I look forward to working with the Commission, as they work in accordance with the PLC legislation and regulations. I wish them well as they deliberate in the best interest of the public. ”
The Public Lands Commission (PLC) was established in 2017 by the Public Lands Act (2017). The mandate of the PLC is set out in Section 5 of the Public Lands Act (2020 Revision) to regulate the use and enjoyment of public land by members of the public. It also protects the right of access to and use of public land (this includes registered and unregistered public rights of way to the beach and shoreline) by members of the public, including the enforcement of public rights of way over private land.
The PLC also responds to complaints regarding the use or misuse of public land and issues permits for the use of and activities on public land. The board also advises the Chief Officer of the Ministry responsible for Lands, presided over by the Minister, on general policies respecting the enforcement of the Law and in particular enforcement matters.
The PLC also exercises the powers and carries out the functions delegated to it by the Minister responsible for Lands.