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Google's mystery barge off San Francisco Bay may be homeless

Published on Feb 5, 2014 12:11 PM
 
This mystery barge being built by Google on a pier at a former Navy base in the San Francisco Bay may be told to cast off. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A mystery barge being built by Google on a pier at a former Navy base in the San Francisco Bay may be told to cast off.

It turns out that officials running the base while it is in the process of being turned over to the city of San Francisco don't have permits for the Internet titan or anyone else to construct a vessel on the shore of Treasure Island.

"This is Google's vessel, but we are not dealing with them," San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission regulatory affairs director Brad McCrea told AFP. "It is the pier that doesn't have permitting; whether they use it to build a barge or a speed boat of have a rodeo, Tida doesn't have the authority to do anything."

Mr McCrea was referring to the Treasure Island Development Authority (Tida), which is running the former Navy property as it makes the bureaucratic transition into the hands of San Francisco.

 
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