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Google Barge moves upstream after flouting permit rules

Google’s floating behemoth in the San Francisco Bay is reportedly ready to up sticks and move out of the area with Stockton, California pegged as the new destination.

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A report on CNET confirms that the Google Barge is making the move further inland from the Bay in a decision that has its roots in the fact that Google’s barge doesn’t have the correct permits to stay there.

Google’s barge could be on the move as early as next week, according to Mirian Saez, head of Island operations for the Treasure Island Development Authority [TIDA], which leases out the land that the barge sits on.

Stockton has been chosen as the destination due to the fact that it falls outside the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission [BCDC] so that Google doesn’t have to adhere to the permits it needs to obtain.

Even though it doesn’t have the correct paperwork to be sat idle in the bay it won’t be served with any fines as it secured prior approval for the barge to be there from the TIDA. The BCDC gave Google a 35-day grace period to decide what to do with the barge earlier this month and moving it in the next week or so would adhere to those conditions.

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The barge first pitched up in San Francisco’s Bay back in October 2013 with rumours abound as to what the four-storey building on board would be housing. The most popular rumours were that it was a floating data centre or a mobile showroom to showcase its litany of Google X devices that include the Google Glass and possible future driverless cars.

Jamie Hinks

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