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.

Elected Officials, Groups Renew Ocean Drilling Battle; Trump Reverses Fed’s Position On Offshore Oil Exploration

OCEAN CITY — The battle against opening the ocean to drilling for oil began anew this week after the Trump administration announced a plan to consider vast areas of coastline for the controversial practice. President Trump last week signed an executive order reopening vast areas of the nation’s coastline, including the mid-Atlantic region to offshore… Read more »

Surf Club To Host Membership Drive

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Surf Club has hosting its next major membership drive event on Saturday, January 27 at the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City. As its name implies, the Ocean City Surf Club, reformed in 2014 after 50 years, is all about promoting the sport in the resort and beyond with contests,… Read more »

Special Event Zone Idea Advances With Legislation Planned In Annapolis

Special Event Zone Idea Advances With Legislation Planned In Annapolis

OCEAN CITY — Legislation creating special enforcement zones to help stem some of the issues associated with the mobilized special events in Ocean City will be introduced in this General Assembly session. After several troubling motorized special events in Ocean City, resort officials began exploring ways to curb some of the illicit activity associated with… Read more »

Victim’s Family Releases Statement After Guilty Verdict In Pedestrian Fatality

SNOW HILL – Following last week’s conviction of a Maryland man of homicide while driving impaired, the victim’s family released a statement expressing relief for the guilty verdict while admitting, “justice can never and will never be served.” In June, the grand jury indicted Stanley Faison, 51, of Waldorf, on multiple felony counts including homicide… Read more »

Vehicle Fire Evacuates OC Hotel

Vehicle Fire Evacuates OC Hotel

OCEAN CITY — An uptown hotel was evacuated on a chilly Tuesday morning after three cars in the parking lot caught fire. Around 9:13 a.m. on Tuesday, the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to the front parking lot of the Carousel Hotel at 117th Street for a reported vehicle fire. Ocean City Police Department… Read more »