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Google Ordered to Move Mystery Barge From San Francisco Bay

by Jacob Kleinman | February 3, 2014February 3, 2014 6:00 pm PDT

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Google’s mysterious barge was first spotted floating in San Francisco’s bay back in the fall of 2013 and, while the company still hasn’t offered a full explanation on its purpose, the original barge may be forced to move. The Associated Press reports that the state recently ordered Google to move its floating four-story building.

It turns out the Internet giant never asked for the necessary permission before building the giant sea-born structure, and didn’t even apply for work permits. “It needs to move,” San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission executive director Larry Goldzband told AP.

Following rampant speculation surrounding the barges, leaked internal documents revealed Google would use the structures to create an interactive space where visitors could discover the company’s new technology. However, its plans were quickly put on hold by the Coast Guard and local authorities. Now it seems Google’s plans may be out of reach, though hopefully it spent the last few months figuring out where to put its massive barge next. We hope the initiative hasn’t been killed off entirely, we’re still curious to see what the final plans were.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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