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Fielding questions: Andrew Dias, general manager of the West End Development Corporation

The Public Accounts Committee, which ordinarily looks into matters involving the public purse after the Auditor-General has filed reports, has resumed examining current matters, according to Wayne Furbert, its new chairman.

The seven-member PAC yesterday heard from the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s chief operating officer, Karla Lacey, along with its director of finance, Duncan Beveridge, to examine its 2015 spending.

Kevin Dallas, the new chief executive officer of the BTA, was in the audience as PAC members queried how the BTA pays its grants to entrepreneurs and awards bonuses to staff.

Also examined during yesterday’s sitting at the St Paul AME Church Centennial Hall were the Department of Works and Engineering, and the West End Development Corporation, whose general manager, Andrew Dias, fielded questions on the land reclamation project in Dockyard’s South Basin.

Wedco’s board formed a sub-committee, chaired by Wayne Caines, to examine proposals for the Cross Island development after it moves on from the America’s Cup. The Cross Island Legacy Committee’s shortlist was submitted to the board in November, Mr Dias said — and the group will meet again next week to continue evaluating proposals.

Man in the hot seat: Wayne Furbert, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee