About The Author: Shawn Soper

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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.

Scam Attempts Running High Amid Pandemic

OCEAN CITY — With every crisis comes an in-kind number of scammers attempting to prey on the fear and anxiety of others and the current coronavirus pandemic has been no different.In recent weeks, more and more scams have surfaced preying on residents in Maryland and around the local region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reported… Read more »

State Police Outlines Home Order Enforcement Approach

OCEAN CITY — While state officials continue to assert education and outreach are still the preferred method of enforcing Governor Larry Hogan’s latest stay-at-home directive issued on Monday, the Maryland State Police (MSP) on Tuesday issued some guidelines for when other enforcement efforts will be initiated.On Monday, Hogan announced a new executive order urging all… Read more »

OC Extends Beach, Boardwalk Restrictions, Closes Inlet Lot, Urges Out-Of-State Visitors To Stay Put

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials late Sunday evening reinforced the strong message advising out-of-town visitors to stay away from Ocean City until further notice and extended the closure of the beach and Boardwalk until April 30.Last Sunday, the Mayor and Council officially closed the beaches and Boardwalk until April 15. On Sunday, those closures were… Read more »