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Google Must Move 'Mystery' Barge

A state officials says the company didn't have the proper permits.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google must move its mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a California official said Monday.

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 A barge under construction is docked at a pier on Treasure Island on Dec. 2, 2013, in San Francisco. Google's "mystery barge" doesn't have the proper permits and needs to move, a state official said. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission investigated numerous complaints about the construction of the floating, four-story building, commission executive director Larry Goldzband said.

The investigation found that neither the Treasure Island Development Authority nor the city of San Francisco had applied for required permits for the work to be done at the site.

Goldzband said Google can resolve the issue by moving the barge to one of the fully permitted construction facilities in the San Francisco Bay.

"It needs to move," he said.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mirian Saez, director of the Treasure Island Development Authority, said, "we did not intend to violate or circumvent the process."

The authority will try to apply for the correct permits with the commission, she said, noting her agency has not spoken to Google about the issue.

Preliminary planning documents submitted to the port last fall showed plans for Google to build an interactive space for people to learn about technology.

Goldzband said the construction in San Francisco Bay was not authorized by the agency, and the Treasure Island Development Authority, which allowed the project, could face fines and enforcement proceedings.

The disclosure by the California agency marked the second set of permit problems for the barge project. Late last year, work was halted after the Coast Guard said additional permits were needed.

_The Associated Press

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