About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.

Resort Council OK’s Private Event Dates

OCEAN CITY – Dates for Professional Bull Riding, Cruisin OC and the Northeast Regional Surfing Championship were formalized this week.Among the consent agenda items for Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting were requests to approve dates for several private events in the coming months. The council ultimately approved requests to hold the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)… Read more »

OC Committee Reviews Storm Drain Cleaning

OCEAN CITY – As work concludes on a storm drain cleaning project, members of a resort committee this week got a better understanding of how funds are used to remove sediments from the resort’s pipes and catch basins.On Wednesday, representatives with the town’s public works department presented members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative… Read more »

JA Inspire Event Set For March 15-16

JA Inspire Event Set For March 15-16

SALISBURY – Students from 10 Eastern Shore counties will have an opportunity to explore career paths at the fifth annual JA Inspire event.Next week, more than 4,500 students from 10 counties will visit the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for a day of career exploration.Hosted by Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore (JAES), eighth grade… Read more »

Hot Air Balloon Festival Planned For Ocean City; Illuminated Beach Displays Eyed At Night With Rides, Activities In West OC

Hot Air Balloon Festival Planned For Ocean City; Illuminated Beach Displays Eyed At Night With Rides, Activities In West OC

OCEAN CITY – A popular balloon festival and a national flag football tournament are expected to bring new visitors to Ocean City this summer.On Monday, the council voted to approve a new Ocean City Balloon Festival, slated to visit the resort area in August, as well as a $5,000 tourism development grant for Flag Football… Read more »

OC Officials Delay Vote On CIP

OC Officials Delay Vote On CIP

OCEAN CITY – Citing concerns about the placement of certain projects, officials in Ocean City last week agreed to postpone the approval of the town’s capital improvement plan.Last week, the council agreed to postpone the approval of the capital improvement plan (CIP) for fiscal year 2024. Council President Matt James said the delay would give… Read more »

Resort Planning Commission Talks Workforce Housing Change

OCEAN CITY – Discussions on a code amendment to define non-accessory employee housing highlighted a recent work session of the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission.Last week, commission members met with Ocean City Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville to flesh out the details of a proposed code amendment allowing for non-accessory workforce housing…. Read more »

Fenwick Replenishment To Impact Summer

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island say a beach replenishment project will disrupt the town’s summer season.In a Fenwick Island Town Council meeting last Friday, Mayor Natalie Magdeburger announced a start date for the upcoming beach replenishment project along Delaware’s coast. While work is expected to begin the third week of March, she said… Read more »