This Act concerns operations on and regarding public land. It assigns to the Minister responsible for works and engineering the charge and management of public works including: public water supply and public sewerage systems; public water supply, public sewerage systems, parks and highways; and the collection and disposal of refuse. There shall also be a Department of Works and Engineering and a Board of Works.The Act also concerns the powers of the Minister responsible for public lands to acquire lands or to sell public lands and dredging and other operations on the bed of the sea. No person shall, without the consent of the Minister, dredge any part of the bed of the sea below high water mark or deposit any object or any materials on any part of the seashore or on the bed of the sea below high water mark.
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Government of Bermuda
Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists heading for Virginia. Self-governing since 1620, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous of the British overseas territories. Vacationing to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.