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, October 26
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, October 26  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Floats OUT Monday, October 26  7:30 am - 12:00 pm Town Dock, 91 Main St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, October 26  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, October 26  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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Thursday, October 29
  • Absentee Ballot (to take home) Deadline Thursday, October 29 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Friday, October 30
  • Absentee Ballot (in person) Deadline Friday, October 30  8:00 am - 3:30 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Saturday, October 31
  • Halloween Festivities Saturday, October 31  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Halloween Festivities: Trunk or Treat – vehicles can line up around the Town Common to deliver (bowl/container)  candy to trick or treaters.
      House to House - A sign-up list will be available at the Town Office for anyone in the Castine community who will have candy at their house for trick or treaters.  Call and let us know.

      Due to COVID19 all participants, Trunk or Treat, trick or treaters and houses, should remember to practice any and all COVID19 precautions, social distance, stay within small groups and be respectful of others and their preferences.

      Houses with candy should have their candy in a bowl/container and not be “handed out”.

      Anyone who would like and/or prefer to send candy as part of Trunk or Treat, let Town Office know.

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Monday, November 2
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, November 2  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, November 2  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 Monday, November 2  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Tuesday, November 3
  • Election Day Tuesday, November 3 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Polls open from 8AM to 8PM at Emerson Hall.

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  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up Tuesday, November 3  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • CHPC Mtg Tuesday, November 3  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Application deadline is Monday, 10/26th.

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Wednesday, November 4
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Mtg = ZOOM Wednesday, November 4  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Agenda:
    1) Variance Request by Cheryl Nelson and MarkMcCloskey- 1010 Castine Road - Map 15 Lot 7A

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