It’s been nearly three years since an eight-story tower floated off the coast of Hawaii, and the wreck of the structure has been under investigation for years.
Now, the wreck may be finally in the hands of the government, after a judge has granted a motion by the state’s attorney general to force a tow company to tow the massive structure to shore.
The state has been trying for years to recover the tower, which has been sitting on the beach since it was dismantled and sent to a storage facility in 2015.
But the tower’s owner, Kilauea Holdings, filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and recently sought to get a buyer to take possession of the property.
The sale process was pushed back until after President Donald Trump took office in January, after which the sale was granted.
The tower has been a source of controversy ever since.
A 2011 Associated Press report said the tower was “built to be a political and cultural symbol of the island of Hawai’i.”
In 2014, a report by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the tower could become a tourist attraction, a claim that the Hawaii State Legislature has yet to confirm.
The island of Hawaii is one of the most densely populated and expensive places in the world, and it’s not just the tower that has been in the spotlight.
The tower also sits on the shores of two other islands, Oahu and Molokai.
In March 2018, the state announced a plan to remove the tower from the islands.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said it was looking at a “federal salvage program” that could be used to remove it.
Hawaii is the second state to file for a court order to remove a floating tower, following Washington in December 2018.