Google’s mystery barge has “got to move” from the SF Bay

Behold: Google’s four-story shipping-container product marketing paradise.

Google’s mysterious barge will need to find different moorings if a report from the Associated Press is true. According to the AP, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (SFBCDC) is set to deliver the eviction notice. The AP quotes the commission’s executive director Larry Goldzband as saying simply, “It needs to move.”

According to the commission’s website, permits from the SFBCDC are necessary for “most work” undertaken in the Bay or within 100 feet of the shoreline. Google’s decision to use a temporary facility at Treasure Island seems to have been its undoing. The barge’s size and scope certainly qualifies as “work,” so although Google submitted planning documents with the City of San Francisco, both its and Treasure Island’s failure to apply for SFBCDC permits could put both parties at risk of fines.

The Verge reports that a Google spokesperson confirmed the notice from the commission. The simplest solution seems to be for Google to move the barge to a location where it’s permitted.

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via Ars Technica

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