News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 13, 2018
Waterfront structure acquired by Town of Castine

by Monique Labbe

The building currently housing The Captain’s Catch on the Castine Town Dock now belongs to the town.

Castine Community Partners, which owned the building, donated the structure to the Town of Castine, which is the owner of the land the structure is built on.

Historically, the waterfront has had a variety of food vendors during the summer months. In 2014, the building was torn down by its former owner, and board members of the Castine Community Partners decided building a second building for food vendors was the type of economic project they would like to take on, according to Town Manager Jimmy Goodson. The structure was built, and a three-year lease was signed by former Dudley’s Refresher owners Michael Rossney and Michele Levesque.

Dudley’s Refresher moved out of the waterfront location after the 2017 season, and Captain’s Catch owners Walt Foster and Deb Hamblen signed a three-year lease and moved in for the 2018 season.

Castine Community Partners members made the decision earlier this year to step away from ownership of the building to take on other projects, and approached Goodson with a plan to give it over to the town. Goodson presented the idea to the board of selectmen, which put it on the November election ballot as a referendum question. Town members voted the approval of the donation, and the transfer of ownership took place during a meeting on December 6.

The $3,500 received from the lease per year will go into a separate account through the town, said Goodson, for maintenance to the waterfront location.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have an entity like Castine Community Parters working on behalf of the town,” said Goodson. “The town probably would not have had the funds to rebuild a new building down there, and having a food vendor on the Town Dock is so important to Castine.”