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.

Tough Guy Of The Week Award Set To Return

BERLIN- The Stephen Decatur High School varsity football “Tough Guy of the Week” awards are set to return to the sports section of The Dispatch next week.Started 20 years ago by Atlantic Physical Therapy (ATP) patriarch Bob Hammond, the “Tough Guy of the Week” award is handed out weekly to the Decatur player who most… Read more »

Club’s 63rd Labor Day Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament is underway for the 63rd time as the “granddaddy” of resort area fishing tournaments.While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 60th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps all others… Read more »

Council Rejects Firehouse Plans Over Projected $12.7M Cost; New Station Far Exceeds $5.5M Original Estimate

Council Rejects Firehouse Plans Over Projected $12.7M Cost; New Station Far Exceeds $5.5M Original Estimate

OCEAN CITY — Somewhat sticker-shocked over the estimated price tag, resort officials this week sent the designs for replacing the existing fire station at 74th Street with a new facility at 65th Street back to the drawing board.Last April, the Mayor and Council voted to eventually replace the aging and dilapidated Station 3 firehouse at… Read more »

Vehicle Task Force Discusses Strategies For Pop-Up Rally; 2020 Event Reviewed With 90% Conviction Rate

Vehicle Task Force Discusses Strategies For Pop-Up Rally; 2020 Event Reviewed With 90% Conviction Rate

OCEAN CITY — With the calendar flipping to September this week, the resort’s motor vehicle task force convened last Friday to discuss strategies for fall motorized special events.The motor vehicle task force reconvened last Friday to continue planning for a series of sanctioned and unsanctioned special events in the coming weeks. While there was some… Read more »

Leno’s Ocean City Shows Cancelled

OCEAN CITY — Comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno’s scheduled performance in Ocean City set for October has been cancelled, event promoters confirmed on Tuesday.Leno was scheduled to present his stand-up routine at the Performing Arts Center in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Oct. 6-7 in conjunction with the Endless Summer Cruisin event…. Read more »

Resident Raises Questions About Complex Talks

OCEAN CITY — Ongoing discussions about a potential youth sports complex outside the resort area sparked an interesting debate last week about who is participating in the meetings and should preliminary discussions be in the public forum.It’s no secret Ocean City officials have long been exploring a vast youth sports complex to tap into the… Read more »

Final Delmarva ESA Contest In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The remnants of Tropical Storm Henri brought good surf conditions for the Delmarva chapter of the Eastern Surfing Association’s last contest of the season last weekend.The tropical storm churned up good-sized waves without the typical sloppy, post-storm conditions, creating a near-perfect set-up for the Delmarva ESA fourth and final contest of the summer… Read more »

63rd Labor Day Tournament Set For Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament returns next weekend for the 63rd time as the “granddaddy” of resort area fishing tournaments.While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 60th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps all… Read more »