About The Author: Shawn Soper

Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.

Ocean City Renews Mid-Atlantic Sports Alliance Agreement

OCEAN CITY- Resort officials this week approved a continuation of Ocean City’s agreement with Worcester and Wicomico Counties in establishing the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA). In 2014, Ocean City entered into an agreement with Wicomico County to establish MAASA, a cutting edge alliance that allows the two jurisdictions to pool their collective resources to… Read more »

Three Arrests In Contractor Robbery

OCEAN PINES — An Ocean Pines resident was robbed of $40,000 recently after leaving a home improvement project worker with a key only to return and find out a robbery had taken place. The resident contracted with a local home improvement company for some home repairs. The resident gave the key to his home to… Read more »

Cops And Courts – June 24, 2016

Social Issues & Government

Citizen Input Helps Nab Armed Robber OCEAN CITY — With the help of input from private citizens, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) has arrested one suspect and identified two others in connection with an armed robbery at a downtown hotel last week. The investigation revealed three unidentified men accosted a victim, who was struck by… Read more »

Former Concrete Plant Property Rezoning Advances; Major Hotel-Restaurant Complex Eyed For Downtown Site

Rendering by Fisher Architecture

OCEAN CITY — A major change to the downtown skyline inched closer to becoming reality this week after resort planners signed off on a heavily-conditioned zoning change for the historic Cropper concrete plant property to accommodate a vast hotel and restaurant complex. After considerable debate about the potential impact on the neighborhood, the Planning and… Read more »