Community Economic Development

               

The mission of Castine’s town government is to provide services and resources essential to public safety and a functional economy (economic development) to its nearly 1,400 citizens. We are a supportive and welcoming community that offers a variety of recreational and cultural activities, reasonable access to transportation and excellent public and private educational opportunities in the immediate area.  Our diverse and well-educated workforce and heritage of hard work and ingenuity make us an attractive choice for businesses.  As the home of nationally recognized Maine Maritime Academy, Castine is particularly appealing for those in the fields of marine services and technologies.

Our Visitors Center, located on Castine’s scenic waterfront, has become the hub of economic development activity. While serving as a venue where visitors arrive by bike, boat or vehicle to learn more about our village, it has simultaneously become a rallying point for the Castine Merchants Association (CMA) and a source of pride for our town. The CMA rents the space and covers all operating cost. The Visitors Center has also spawned the purchase of Scarlett, a low-speed vehicle operated by the Castine Touring Company, which provides transportation from the waterfront and volunteer guided tours around our historic town.

In the first two seasons, the Visitors Center hosted over 3,000 visitors from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. The Center is open from Memorial Day Weekend through September. Hours of operation are 9-4, Monday thru Saturday and 12-4 Sundays. Come in so our volunteers can tell you what is so special about our town.

 

Castine: Open for business

 

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Upcoming Events

Monday, January 20
  • Town Office CLOSED - Martin Luther King Jr Day Holiday Monday, January 20
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  • Iyengar Yoga Classes Monday, January 20  8:30 am - 10:00 am Emerson Hall Basement

    Iyengar Yoga Classes with Nancy Watson, CIYT. 

    Note: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but may occasionally be canceled due to holidays or inclement weather. 

    For more info contact Nancy Watson nancy.watson873@icloud.com or 207-404-1448

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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, January 20  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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Tuesday, January 21
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up (due to the Martin Luther King Jr Day Holiday) Tuesday, January 21  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg Tuesday, January 21  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    (on Tuesday rather than Monday- due to the Martin Luther King Jr Day Holiday)

    ·        Callto Order – Colin Powell, Chair

    ·        Additions,deletions or corrections to the agenda

    ·        SignWarrant(s) and Abatements; review Budget v. Actual, Trial Balance Sheets, BankReconciliations and Excise Tax Collections

    ·        ApproveMinutes of previous meeting(s)

    ·        Business:

    1.   ApproveInnKeeper, TavernKeepers & Lodging House Licenses – MarKel’s Bakehouse, TheManor Inn & Castine Cottages

    2.   AcceptCastine Fire Rescue Volunteer Association (CFRVA) Donation

    3.   Approvefor the Town to apply for grants regarding Maine 200 & Fort GeorgeFortification.

    4.   TownManager’s Report

    5.   OtherBusiness as Required

    ·        Communications

    ·        Acknowledgemembers of the public and address their requests, if any.

    ·        PastActions

    ·        SelectboardComments

    ·        Schedulenext meeting(s): [Selectboard Mtg(s): Monday, 2/3/2020 at 4PM & Tuesday,2/18/2020 at 4PM; T/G Mtg: Wednesday, 2/19/2020 at 8AM in Emerson Hall – watch forcancellation]

    ·        Adjourn

     

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Wednesday, January 22
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up (due to the Martin Luther King Jr Day Holiday) Wednesday, January 22  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Iyengar Yoga Classes Wednesday, January 22  8:30 am - 10:00 am Emerson Hall Basement

    Iyengar Yoga Classes with Nancy Watson, CIYT. 

    Note: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but may occasionally be canceled due to holidays or inclement weather. 

    For more info contact Nancy Watson nancy.watson873@icloud.com or 207-404-1448

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Thursday, January 23
  • Calvineers Community Thank You Event Thursday, January 23  5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Emerson Hall

    The Adams School Calvin Project, a group of 7th and 8th-grade students working to save endangered North Atlantic Right Whales from extinction, invites the community to attend a special “thank-you” event at Emerson Hall in Castine on Thursday, January 23 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. At the event, which will feature refreshments as well as presentations, the Calvineers will share information about their recent travel to Barcelona, Spain for the 2nd World Marine Mammal Conference, an international gathering of over 2,500 scientists and advocates from 95 countries discussing the most recent scientific findings and conservation issues facing the world’s marine mammal populations. The December 2019 trip was made possible through the support of many individuals and organizations in Castine and beyond. The Calvineers, their teachers and families want to show their gratitude to the community and all who donated to make this experience happen, while sharing updates with everyone who is interested in the Calvineers’ mission.

    The event will open at 5:00 pm with a light buffet of Spanish-style tapas (appetizers), contributed by Calvineer families, and an opportunity for guests to engage with individual Calvineers while viewing photos from the trip and posters prepared by the students.

    Presentations will begin at about 5:45 pm, with the Calvineers sharing new findings about North Atlantic Right Whales, other information learned at the World Marine Mammal Conference and an overview of their cultural experiences in Barcelona. Also on the program is local filmmaker Thom Willey, who will show a short new trailer from his latest work-in-progress, The Calvineers Movie. The program will conclude with an opportunity for general Q&A, and then the Calvineers will again be available for individual conversations with attendees.

    This special event is free and open to the public.

    For more information about the Calvineer Community Thank You event on January 23, contact the Adams School at 326-8608, email Calvineers@gmail.com, or visit the Calvineers Facebook page. 

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Friday, January 24
  • Iyengar Yoga Classes Friday, January 24  8:30 am - 10:00 am Emerson Hall Basement

    Iyengar Yoga Classes with Nancy Watson, CIYT. 

    Note: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but may occasionally be canceled due to holidays or inclement weather. 

    For more info contact Nancy Watson nancy.watson873@icloud.com or 207-404-1448

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Monday, January 27
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, January 27  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Iyengar Yoga Classes Monday, January 27  8:30 am - 10:00 am Emerson Hall Basement

    Iyengar Yoga Classes with Nancy Watson, CIYT. 

    Note: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but may occasionally be canceled due to holidays or inclement weather. 

    For more info contact Nancy Watson nancy.watson873@icloud.com or 207-404-1448

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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, January 27  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, January 27  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Trinitarian Congregational Parish

    The ministry meets in the vestry of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 1 - 3 pm.

     

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Wednesday, January 29
  • Iyengar Yoga Classes Wednesday, January 29  8:30 am - 10:00 am Emerson Hall Basement

    Iyengar Yoga Classes with Nancy Watson, CIYT. 

    Note: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but may occasionally be canceled due to holidays or inclement weather. 

    For more info contact Nancy Watson nancy.watson873@icloud.com or 207-404-1448

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Friday, January 31
  • Dog Registrations DUE Friday, January 31

    If paid after January 31st a $25 late fee will be applied to registration fee.

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  • Iyengar Yoga Classes Friday, January 31  8:30 am - 10:00 am Emerson Hall Basement

    Iyengar Yoga Classes with Nancy Watson, CIYT. 

    Note: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but may occasionally be canceled due to holidays or inclement weather. 

    For more info contact Nancy Watson nancy.watson873@icloud.com or 207-404-1448

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