I say sink it! Make sure the heads of the project are on it. If Google is going to spend $79,000 a month for renting the slip where it sits, they probably won't miss it or the people who are responsible for the debacle of the project by not getting the necessary permits.
Uhm why do you need a building permit to modify a barge?
So If you have a ship docked in a harbor and want to add a shelf to it you need a city building permit - sounds as stupid as it is.
This story sounds more like "Hey guys look! Google is trying to do something, we don't know what it is but we MUST stop them because.. reasons"
Picture is also misleading, making it seem like they are building this thing in front of prime real estate when in fact its more like : http://i.cbc.ca/1.2288282.1383230005!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/barge-maine.jpg
So once again, its their ship/barge and why can't they do whatever they want to it? Looks no different from any cruise liner under construction.
lipe123; there are many reasons it needs building permits. If it was simply a barge and going to be used as one it might not (though I am sure for safety reasons even a barge would need inspecting for certain design changes?) but if google actually planned for this to be anything like a floating tech showcase/showroom where people come and go, or offices spaces, or even sleeping quarters?? It would definitely need building permits. If they wanted to build this without permits or red tape they should have done it 200 miles off coast in international waters.
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