Booted from San Francisco, Google's mystery barge moves inland (+video)
Google's mystery barge is docking in Stockton, according to news reports.
Early last month, Larry Goldzband, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, told Google it would have to move its mysterious barge from the San Francisco Bay, where it had first sprung up in October.
"I don't know when the arrival time is, but it could be anytime in the next six months, but it's also likely sooner than later," Richard Aschieris, the director of the Port of Stockton, told the Stockton Record in an interview this week. Mr. Aschieris said that the deal reached with Google will allow the barge to dock for half a year, at a rate of approximately $10,000 a month – pocket change for a company worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Now on to the big question: What exactly is in that barge? Well, Google has been pretty tight-lipped on the whole thing, although it has helpfully stipulated that it is not "a floating data center," "a wild party boat," nor a "barge housing the last remaining dinosaur." Instead, the search giant said, the barge would use the space "as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."
As for the decision to move the barge inland, in a statement to CNET, Google joked it had to do with good food and better weather. "It's been a busy six months for our barge and it's grown tired of all the attention, so we are moving it to Stockton where it can have a break, enjoy the city's delicious asparagus and warmer climate, and get a bit of rest before its next chapter," Google said.