SF to Google: Move Your 'Mystery Barge'

SF Bay structure 'needs to move,' state says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2014 12:53 AM CST | Updated Feb 4, 2014 3:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Google is going to have to start searching for a new site for the "mystery barge" it has had parked in San Francisco Bay for months. Local officials following up on complaints found that neither the city nor the Treasure Island Development Authority had applied for the necessary permits for construction of the floating four-story structure. "It needs to move," a San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission official tells the AP.

Officials say Google can move the barge to a nearby construction facility. The barge project had another setback last November when the Coast Guard said additional permits were required, the BBC notes. Google has remained fairly tight-lipped about its plans for the barge in the bay and another moored off Portland, Maine, though last fall it issued a statement saying it was exploring "using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

The Google barge is seen on Treasure Island in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Two men fish in the water in front of a Google barge on Treasure Island in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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