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Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 5, 2018
‘Captain’s Catch’ awarded food vendor lease in Castine

Castine take-out

Municipal officials announced plans to award a three-year lease of the town dock take-out food service to Deb Hamblen and Walter Foster doing business as Captain’s Catch. The most recent vendor, pictured, was “Dudley’s Refresher.”

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by Sharon Bray

At their April 2 meeting, municipal officials announced plans to award a three-year lease of the town dock take-out food service to Deb Hamblen and Walter Foster doing business as Captain’s Catch. Bradley Buck had also submitted a proposal for the business. Buck worked for the most recent vendor, “Dudley’s Refresher.”

According to Town Manager Jimmy Goodson, the selectmen based their selection on a list of quality-based criteria as listed in their request for proposals. Although he praised both applicants, the Captain’s Catch rated higher in potential for “friendliness of staff” and ability to hire enough workers; price of food; “attractiveness of menu offerings” to likely summer customers; and ability to be open eight hours a day six or seven days a week through the season. The board is authorized to extend the lease another two years if the first three work out satisfactorily.

A citizen at the meeting asked if the town could do anything to end the lease if the vendor did not live up to expectations.

“We can kick them out,” responded board member Peter Vogell.

In his report, the town manager told the board that Castine’s insurance rating had improved significantly thanks to upgrading of the fire hydrants and the work of the fire and rescue department.

He also reported that Fiberight, the company selected to replace the town’s solid waste disposal contract with PERC, would be delayed before starting to receive the waste. He said in the gap Casella would transport the waste and recycling to the Juniper Ridge landfill in Alton.

The next board meeting was scheduled for April 17 with an additional short meeting at the end of the month to approve payment of bills. The next town-gown meeting between municipal and Maine Maritime Academy officials was scheduled for April 18.