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

Monday, September 16
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, September 16  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Cruise Ship Independence - In Port Monday, September 16  9:00 am - 12:00 pm Castine Town Dock

    American Cruise Lines Ship the Independence (capacity approx. 100 passengers) arrives in Castine each Monday morning at 9am (June 10 - September 23). The ship anchors in the harbor and ferries passengers to the Town Dock. Passengers enjoy the sights, shops and eateries of Castine for about three hours, until the ship departs at noon.

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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, September 16  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, September 16  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    AGENDA:
    • Call to Order – Peter Vogell, Chair
    • Additions, deletions or corrections to the agenda
    • Sign Warrant(s) and Abatements; review Budget v. Actual, Trial Balance Sheets, Bank Reconciliations and Excise Tax Collections
    • Approve Minutes of previous meeting(s)
    • Business:
    1. Approve annual General Assistance Appendices A-D & Appendix H (2019-2020)
    2. Town Manager’s Report
    3. Other Business as Required
    • Communications
    • Acknowledge members of the public and address their requests, if any.
    • Past Actions
    • Selectboard Comments
    • Schedule next meeting(s): [T/G Mtg: Wednesday, 9/18/19 at 8AM in MMA Leeward RM; Selectboard Mtg(s): Monday, 10/7/19 at 4PM and Monday, 10/21/19 at 4PM]
    • Adjourn

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Tuesday, September 17
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up Tuesday, September 17  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Shawl Ministry Tuesday, September 17  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Trinitarian Congregational Parish

    Every Tuesday
    FMI: Molly Marks 374-5242

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Wednesday, September 18
  • T/G Mtg Wednesday, September 18  8:00 am - 9:00 am MMA Leeward RM
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Monday, September 23
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, September 23  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Cruise Ship Independence - In Port Monday, September 23  9:00 am - 12:00 pm Castine Town Dock

    American Cruise Lines Ship the Independence (capacity approx. 100 passengers) arrives in Castine each Monday morning at 9am (June 10 - September 23). The ship anchors in the harbor and ferries passengers to the Town Dock. Passengers enjoy the sights, shops and eateries of Castine for about three hours, until the ship departs at noon.

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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, September 23  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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Wednesday, September 25
  • Fall Supper Club to Benefit Calvineers Wednesday, September 25  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm The Watermark - 26 Water Street (under MarKel's Bakehouse)

    Fall Supper Club - A benefit dinner for the Adams School Calvineers

    As the cool temps of fall arrive, we hope you will join us for a delicious Fall Feast.
    This special fall menu will include warm, hearty, comfort food and $20 from each ticket will go towards the Calvineers fundraising efforts as we help them reach their final fundraising goal. Throughout their summer vacation the Calvineers have been working hard on raising funds so they can attend the 2nd World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, Spain, to present their work on the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

    Cocktails begin at 5pm and dinner promptly at 6pm.

    For reservations and to order your entree choice from the menu please call (207) 664 8547 or email calvineers@gmail.com

    Menu
    To begin:
    Mixed Green Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
    Entrees:
    Garlicky Braised Lamb Shanks with
    Sweet Peppers, Roasted Baby Red Bliss Potatoes and Local Chard OR
    Grilled Salmon with
    Cider Bacon Bourbon Glaze, Roasted Sweet Potato and Haricot Verts To Finish:
    Lemon Blueberry Cake
    $70.00 per person
    includes tax, gratuity and donation to the Calvineers.

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