updated 11:53 pm EST, Mon February 3, 2014
Project cited for improper permits, construction in inappropriate location
The San Francisco Port Authority has decreed that Google must move the massive barge that it is constructing in Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. An investigation launched after many complaints about the site found that neither the Treasure Island Development Authority nor the city had applied for the barge to be constructed at the site -- the discovery is forcing the project vessel to move to one of the properly-outfitted construction facilities in the San Francisco Bay.
A spokesperson for the company advised that the barges, which have been spotted in San Francisco, Portland, and Maine, are being billed as an "interactive space where people can learn about new technology" dismissing other rumors pegging the vessels as mobile data centers or party boats.
A Google spokesman told The Verge that "we just received the letter from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and we are reviewing it." If Google chooses to keep the barge in its current location, it faces fines and penalties, and can have access blocked to it by the port authority.