This Act seeks to improve control over and administration of public lands. It assigns to the Minister responsible for Crown land the responsibility for Government policy respecting public land and establishes the e Public Lands Commission. The mandate of the Commission is to regulate the use of public land in the public interest, and in particular - (a) to regulate the use and enjoyment of public land by members of the public; (b) to protect the right of access to and use of public land by members of the public, including the enforcement of public rights of way over private land; (c) to respond to complaints regarding the use or misuse of public land; (d) to issue permits for the use of, and activities on public land; (e) to advise the Ministry. “public land” means the following lands, whether or not the public has access to them - (a) Crown land, whether owned solely by the Crown or jointly by the Crown and another party, and facilities on Crown land; (b) land vested in statutory authorities or government companies, and facilities on such land; (c) the seabed and territorial waters of the Islands; and (d) wharfs, jetties, ramps and docks owned by the Crown, but does not include areas of Crown land or Cayman waters designated as protected areas under section 7 of the National Conservation Law, 2013. The Act defines the right of access to and use of public lands.
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The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies. When the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency. The territory has transformed itself into a significant offshore financial center.
The Cayman Islands are an overseas territory of the UK.