'Google Barge' must go, say authorities in San Francisco

It’s been many months since news of Google’s mysterious barge first surfaced, and despite the vessel floating in full view in San Francisco Bay for some time now, it seems it will be a while longer before the company is ready to open it up to the public.

The barge is expected to eventually become a floating showroom for some of Google’s newest technologies, including its wearable Glass device, but a report in December claimed that the company’s plans for the vessel had been put “on hiatus”. Now, Google has been ordered to move the barge from San Francisco Bay by local authorities.

Larry Goldzband, executive director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), told the Associated Press that his agency had not authorised the construction of the barge in the Bay. As we reported previously, Goldzband explained in December: “The law is crystal clear in this case. The Bay is not to be used for something that can be built on land.”

An ongoing investigation by the BCDC was looking into whether or not Google would need a permit to allow it to continue construction on the barge at its current location, adjacent to Treasure Island in the Bay. The BCDC had reportedly received “numerous complaints” related to the vessel and its location. As The Guardian reports, Goldzband’s summary of the findings of that investigation were short and sweet: “It needs to move,” he said.

Exactly where the vessel will be moved to remains unclear. Google has not commented on the matter, except to acknowledge receipt of a letter from the BCDC, which the company says it is “reviewing”. 

Source: The Guardian | image via KPIX

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We all know it was Larry Page's ego storage barge which he had to put there as he still refuses to use twitter in the hopes a single person will want to use plus voluntarily without being forced to via all his properties.

neonspark said,
We all know it was Larry Page's ego storage barge which he had to put there as he still refuses to use twitter in the hopes a single person will want to use plus voluntarily without being forced to via all his properties.

Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

While everyone rages at Google for being evil here, may I slip this conveniently overlooked little detail onto the table:

Google didn't *actually* do anything wrong here. They properly applied for, and were granted, the right permits.

However, the authorities they got them from, didn't get *their* permits from the authority above *them*. Note how the news articles carefully avoid saying Google was actually at fault.

Now look at the resulting Googlehatefest. Cool trick huh? Good thing you didn't fall for it isn't it! Imagine what could be done if you could manipulate public hatred that easily! :-)

recursive said,
While everyone rages at Google for being evil here, may I slip this conveniently overlooked little detail onto the table:

Google didn't *actually* do anything wrong here. They properly applied for, and were granted, the right permits.

However, the authorities they got them from, didn't get *their* permits from the authority above *them*. Note how the news articles carefully avoid saying Google was actually at fault.

Now look at the resulting Googlehatefest. Cool trick huh? Good thing you didn't fall for it isn't it! Imagine what could be done if you could manipulate public hatred that easily! :-)


The same way you hate anything from MS

So much hatred I don't get it. Google tried to do something a little different. And so many judging something on its looks when its clearly still under construction.

I don't see a lot of hatred unless there were some comments that got deleted. I mean, that thing is not very pretty to look at, and that's what most of the comments are saying.