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

 

Current News

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 18
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Tuesday, January 18  7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr Day Holiday

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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg Tuesday, January 18  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
    AGENDA:    

    ·        Callto Order – Colin Powell, Chair

    ·        Additions,deletions or corrections to the agenda

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

    ·        ApproveMinutes of previous meeting(s)

    ·        Business:

      1. Approve Victualer Licenses

      2. TownManager’s Report

      3. OtherBusiness as Required

    ·        Communications

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

    ·        PastActions

    ·        SelectboardComments   

    ·        Schedulenext meeting(s): [Selectboard Mtg(s): Monday, 2/7/22 & Tuesday, 2/22/22(due to the President’s Day Holiday) both at 4PM; T/G Mtg: Wednesday, 1/19/22at 8AM (ZOOM), if needed]

    ·        Adjourn

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  • Witherle Memorial Library Dungeons & Dragons Tuesday, January 18  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Every other Tuesday starting September 21st at 5PM
    in the Library Reading Room

    All Playing Levels Welcome
    Join the Adventure!

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Wednesday, January 19
  • Curbside Recycling Pick Up Wednesday, January 19  7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr Day Holiday

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Thursday, January 20
  • Planning Board Mtg Thursday, January 20  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    To consider the following application(s):
    1. Ted Regan, Change of Use, 33 LaTour St, M18 L16A

    Update on Chip & Lara Terry Application, 91 Water St, M24 L25

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Monday, January 24
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, January 24  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, January 24  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, January 24  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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Tuesday, January 25
  • Witherle Memorial Library Dungeons & Dragons Tuesday, January 25  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Every other Tuesday starting September 21st at 5PM
    in the Library Reading Room

    All Playing Levels Welcome
    Join the Adventure!

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Wednesday, January 26
  • Castine Comprehensive Planning Committee (CCPC) Work Session Wednesday, January 26  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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  • Public Informational Mtg Wednesday, January 26  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    The Mtg will be held with Port City Architecture, Consultants and Town Officials with the purpose to allow the public to hear the reasoning behind recommendations for a new Castine Fire Station.

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Monday, January 31
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, January 31  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, January 31  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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