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.

Visiting Volunteer Firefighter Dies Crossing Coastal Highway

Visiting Volunteer Firefighter Dies Crossing Coastal Highway

OCEAN CITY — A vehicle-pedestrian collision on Coastal Highway on Monday night claimed the life of a visiting volunteer firefighter in the resort for the annual convention.The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) is currently investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred around 9:40 p.m. on Coastal Highway in the area of 46th Street. The preliminary… Read more »

Resort Increasing Hourly Bus Driver Pay With Shortage, Morale A Concern

Resort Increasing Hourly Bus Driver Pay With Shortage, Morale A Concern

OCEAN CITY — With declining ridership and persistent recruiting challenges, resort officials this week voted to hike the pay rate for municipal bus drivers, solid waste department drivers and supervisors, potentially staving off a planned walkout.Last week, the Transportation Committee reviewed early summer season ridership numbers for the municipal bus system and the continued challenges… Read more »

Local Lax Clubs Enjoys Big Tourney Weekend

OCEAN CITY- The local Saltwater Mid-Atlantic Lacrosse Club enjoyed a highly successful last weekend,bringing home first-place trophies in various age and gender brackets in area tournaments.The Aloha Lacrosse Beach Lax Festival was held at venues all over northernWorcester County last weekend. Saltwater Mid-Atlantic boys’ 2031 team won the championship, going 4-1 in their division. The… Read more »

Seahawks Earn All-Bayside South Honors

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team was well-presented when the All-Bayside South Conference post-season awards were announced this week.The Seahawks went 17-2 in the regular season and won the Bayside Conference championship with a win over St. Michael’s last month. Named to the All-Bayside South First Team from Decatur were Shawn Rosemond, Logan Tapman, Ryan… Read more »

Airport Scores $3.6M Runway Grant

OCEAN CITY – The second phase of Ocean City municipal airport rehabilitation project got a fiscal shot in the arm this week with the announcement of $3.6 million in federal funding for the project.Maryland’s delegation in Washington, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Andy Harris and David Trone, on… Read more »

Second Annual Tuna and Tiaras Set for this Weekend

OCEAN CITY- The second annual ladies-only Tuna and Tiaras Tournament is set for this weekend based out of the Ocean City Fishing Center.Registration and a captain’s meeting was held on Thursday, but the real action for the Tuna and Tiaras Tournament gets underway on Friday, the first of two fishing days. The offshore action continues… Read more »

OC Planners Forward Code Changes

OCEAN CITY – Resort planners last week advanced a pair of code amendments that would clean up certain arcane sections of the town’s code that do no permit certain uses in certain areas.The Ocean City Planning Commission last Tuesday held public hearings on two different code amendments that would provide opportunities for different activities in… Read more »

Boardwalk Tram Challenges Continue With Staffing ‘A Moving Target’

Boardwalk Tram Challenges Continue With Staffing ‘A Moving Target’

OCEAN CITY – With the OC Air Show in the rearview mirror and the peak season rapidly approaching, the Boardwalk tram operation continues to face challenges, but there is reason for optimism.Like most town departments, along with the private sector business community, the Boardwalk tram operation continues to deal with a decline in personnel, including… Read more »