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.


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Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 8
  • Town Meeting Saturday, May 8  8:30 am - 12:00 pm MMA Fieldhouse
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Monday, May 10
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, May 10  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, May 10  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, May 10  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, May 11
  • Wilson Museum - Victory Gardens - Illustrated Presentation Tuesday, May 11  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Very limited space.  Contact Gail Winkler at Castine Garden Club at 2159258367 or at

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  • Harbor Committee Mtg (ZOOM) Tuesday, May 11  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Thursday, May 13
  • Planning Board Mtg (ZOOM) Thursday, May 13  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    To review the following application(s):

    1) Mark Paine; 25 Backshore Rd, M2 L18A; construct a 605sf addition.
    2) Deborah Neve; 142 Court St,M24 L27; replace existing non-conforming shed on northern edge of property. 3) Thomas Pedersen; 125 Water St, M25 L13; construct 1087 sf addition to current garage, relocate driveway & construct a 50’ tunnel between garage and principle home.
    4) Jacob & Jessica Simmons; 546 The Shore Rd, M12 L16; construct an estimated 960 sf second floor addition to existing residence.

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Monday, May 17
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, May 17  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, May 17  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg (ZOOM) Monday, May 17  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Tentative Agenda:
    1) Approve renewal Liquor & Amusement Licenses - The Pentagoet Inn

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Tuesday, May 18
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up Tuesday, May 18  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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