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.

Big Fish Classic Lives Up to the Hype

Big Fish Classic Lives Up to the Hype

OCEAN CITY- The 9th annual Huk Big Fish Classic certainly lived up to its name with all species of big fish caught and weighed at the scales at Talbot Street practically around the clock.The Big Fish Classic returned for the ninth year last weekend at the historic pier on Talbot Street, essentially the epicenter of… Read more »

OC Keeping Eye On Room Tax Rate

OCEAN CITY — Legislation that could enable the town of Ocean City to raise its room tax if desired still needs approval from three other Eastern Shore counties before heading to Annapolis, resort officials learned this week.After raising the room tax in Ocean City in 2019 from 4.5% to 5%, resort officials are looking into… Read more »

OC Mayor Vetoes Stacked Parking Change, Saying, “I Cannot, In Good Conscience, Support This Ordinance As Approved’; Meehan Continues To Maintain Margaritaville Property ‘Being Overdeveloped’

OC Mayor Vetoes Stacked Parking Change, Saying, “I Cannot, In Good Conscience, Support This Ordinance As Approved’; Meehan Continues To Maintain Margaritaville Property ‘Being Overdeveloped’

OCEAN CITY — Mayor Rick Meehan this week vetoed an ordinance passed by the majority of the council last month authorizing tandem, or stacked, parking with a valet system for major downtown redevelopment projects including the proposed Margaritaville project.The ordinance passed on a 5-1 vote, with Council President Matt James opposed and Councilman Frank Knight… Read more »

OC Council, Planning Commission To Brainstorm Ongoing Issues; Housing, Zoning, Large Projects, Comprehensive Plan Update On Agenda

OC Council, Planning Commission To Brainstorm Ongoing Issues; Housing, Zoning, Large Projects, Comprehensive Plan Update On Agenda

OCEAN CITY — With several weighty issues that could shape the future of the resort on the horizon, a joint meeting is being planned between the Mayor and Council and the town’s planning commission.The Mayor and Council have already completed an updated strategic plan process which establishes priorities, goals, policies and management actions for the… Read more »

Safety Reminders Issued After Another Military Ordnance Found On Assateague

Safety Reminders Issued After Another Military Ordnance Found On Assateague

ASSATEAGUE — For the second time this month, local, state and federal officials rendered safe unexploded military ordnance that washed ashore at the north end of Assateague Island.Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Air Force 436th Civil Engineer Squadron-Emergency Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team based out of… Read more »

OC Lioness Lions Club Installed New Officers

The Ocean City Lioness Lions Club recently installed its new officers for 2022-2023. Pictured left to right are Amy Bishop,  Susan McHenry (treasurer), Roberta Taylor,  Ann Runo (vice president),  Kris Barron, Ginni Bonarrigo (secretary), Billie Terrones, Denise Becker, Nancy Arminger,  and Bev Topfer (president). Past District Governor Lion Norman Cathell officially installed these new officers.