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.

Resort Nears Potential Multi-Year Contract With Oceans Calling

Resort Nears Potential Multi-Year Contract With Oceans Calling

OCEAN CITY – A modified and potentially expanded contract with the promoters of Oceans Calling, a three-day music festival slated for late September and early October ultimately canceled by a storm, is in the works, resort tourism officials learned last week.The first-ever Oceans Calling three-day music festival scheduled earlier this fall promised to be perhaps… Read more »

OC Council, Planning Commission Agree Excessive Lighting Issue Needs Staff Study

OCEAN CITY — How much light is too much was a topic of discussion during a joint meeting of the Mayor and Council and the Planning Commission last week.During site plan reviews for new hotel, condominium projects and other new businesses, the planning commission reviews lighting plans to determine the potential impact on neighboring properties…. Read more »

New Computer Aided Dispatch System Approved

OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week signed off on a new computer-aided dispatch system (CAD) for the town’s police department after learning the existing system was nearing the end of its useful life.During Tuesday’s work session, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Communications Division Manager Glen McIntyre presented a proposal for an upgraded CAD and… Read more »

Decatur Boys Fall to Snow Hill in a Close One

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team dropped a close one to Worcester County rival Snow Hill on the road on Monday to fall to 1-12 early in the season.Decatur opened the season with an 81-73 loss to Bayside South rival Bennett at home in the season opener last Tuesday. The Seahawks bounced back with… Read more »

Planners, Council Debate Parking Garage Amendment; Divided Council Questions Necessity

OCEAN CITY — It might not be what’s stored in a two-vehicle parking garage but rather the size of the parking spaces themselves, resort officials decided this week.For several months, the Ocean City Planning Commission worked on a proposed code amendment that would require enclosed two-vehicle parking garages for new multi-family development projects. The issue… Read more »

Resort Officials Discuss Non-Conforming Signage

OCEAN CITY – With the deadline for bringing non-conforming signs in the downtown area into compliance already extended, resort officials continue to examine which are still subject to modification, and letters will soon be sent out to property owners explaining their options.During Tuesday’s joint meeting between the Mayor and Council and the Ocean City Planning… Read more »

Mallards Split Pair of Games this Week

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team split a pair this week, losing to Greenwood Mennonite, 38-25, before rebounding with a 32-21 win over Chincoteague.Against Greenwood Mennonite, the Mallards trailed 15-8 after one quarter, but cut the lead to 18-15 by halftime. After a fairly even third quarter, Greenwood Mennonite outscored Worcester, 16-4, in the… Read more »