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.

OC Council Approves Exotic Animal Request

OCEAN CITY — Red kangaroos, two-towed sloths, bearded dragons and other exotic animals will soon be seen around Ocean City after resort officials approved a special permit request to exhibit non-domesticated animals in certain places under certain conditions.The Mayor and Council had before them last Monday a special permit request from the Barn Hill Preserve… Read more »

Commission Approves Outdoor Seating Area Request

OCEAN CITY — In yet another example of a resort business adjusting and adapting to a post-COVID-19 world, resort planners this week signed off on a permanent outdoor dining area for a north-end restaurant.Throughout the pandemic, Ocean City allowed businesses to create temporary outdoor seating areas to meet state restrictions on capacity and distancing, for… Read more »

Man Charged After Video Confirms Pistol Whipping Incident

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested for first-degree assault last weekend after allegedly pistol-whipping another man during an altercation.Around 12:40 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a reported assault around 2nd Street and Baltimore Avenue. A witness reportedly told officers he witnessed a fight between two groups… Read more »

Partnership Eyes Artificial Nesting Islands For Watershed

Partnership Eyes Artificial Nesting Islands For Watershed

OCEAN CITY — State, local and regional conservation groups announced this week they are partnering to create an artificial island to host certain endangered colonial nesting birds as their natural habitats continue to disappear.The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) and Audubon Mid-Atlantic are partnering on research and monitoring… Read more »

Man Critically Injured In Accident

FENWICK ISLAND — A Selbyville man was critically injured last week when his scooter was struck by a motor vehicle on Route 54.Around 12:15 p.m. last Thursday, Delaware State Police (DSP) responded to a serious motor vehicle collision. The investigation revealed a 2007 Chevrolet Express van, operated by a 64-year-old Selbyville man, was stopped in… Read more »

Jr. League All-Stars Capture State Title

Jr. League All-Stars Capture State Title

BERLIN- Berlin Little League’s Junior League Softball All-Stars last weekend captured the state championship after a week-long tournament in western Maryland.The Berlin Little League Junior League Softball All-Stars plowed through its brackets in impressive fashion, beating District 6 champ South Caroline, District 7 champion St. Mary’s and District 5 champion Havre de Grace to reach… Read more »

17th Annual Kid’s Classic A Big Success

17th Annual Kid’s Classic A Big Success

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 17th Annual Kids Classic last weekend was a huge success with hundreds of young anglers competing for a worthy cause.The annual tournament is held for the benefit of the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, a national program that provides opportunities for kids with special needs, whether they are suffering from a… Read more »

Two Berlin Teens Charged With Attempted Murder

Two Berlin Teens Charged With Attempted Murder

BERLIN — Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and other counts following a stabbing during a domestic incident in Berlin on Tuesday morning.Around 9:52 a.m. on Tuesday, the Berlin Police Department received a 911 call regarding a domestic incident that had occurred in the area of the Oceans East Luxury… Read more »

Ocean Death Serves As Latest Reminder To ‘Keep Your Feet In The Sand Until The Lifeguard’s In The Stand’

Ocean Death Serves As Latest Reminder To ‘Keep Your Feet In The Sand Until The Lifeguard’s In The Stand’

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man perished after becoming distressed in strong ocean currents at 19th Street last Friday.Around 8:40 p.m. last Friday, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) responded to the beach at 19th Street to assist the Ocean City Fire Department. Ocean City Communications reported four swimmers in the ocean were in distress.One… Read more »