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.

Ocean City Approves Inlet Parking Lot Changes To Address Congestion Issues; Free Roam Time Cut To 20 Minutes

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OCEAN CITY — A clearly divided Mayor and Council this week approved reducing the grace period for free parking at the Inlet parking lot from the current 30 minutes to 20 minutes in the interest of reducing congestion times at the popular parking area. During last week’s Transportation Committee meeting, officials voted to adjust the… Read more »

Suspect Sought In Roadside Armed Robbery

BERLIN — The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) is investigating a roadside armed robbery on Sunday night near Showell. The alleged incident occurred around 11:40 p.m. Sunday when a victim was forced to pull onto the shoulder on southbound Route 113 near Route 589 in Showell. The suspect vehicle, described as a dark-colored passenger… Read more »

Airbnb Tax Legislation Planned

OCEAN CITY — Resort tourism officials this week continued the debate on the impact of Airbnb and similar companies on the eve of the 2017 General Assembly session when at least one bill hoping to regulate the industry will be introduced. Last year, the Tourism Committee began an extensive debate in the hopes of getting… Read more »

Shore Well-Represented On All-Tournament Teams

BERLIN- After solid showings in the Governor’s Challenge holiday basketball tournament late last month, several Lower Shore players were named to the All-Tournament teams. The Governor’s Challenge, long a staple of the local holiday baskeball tournament scene, was played over four days at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and other venues during the week… Read more »

Mini-Ramp Surface Repairs Pending

OCEAN CITY- The mini-ramp at Ocean City-s Skate Bowl, closed since November after damage to the surface was revealed, is expected to be re-opened by February when a new and improved surface material is installed. The mini-ramp was closed in November when flaws in the surface were revealed, making it potentially dangerous and a liability…. Read more »

Efforts To Ease Caine Woods Flooding Planned

OCEAN CITY — Changes to a north-end public park will be needed in order to alleviate chronic flooding problems in an adjacent residential neighborhood. During Tuesday’s Recreation and Parks Committee meeting, a discussion centered on Gorman Park, a north-end municipal park in the Caine Woods area that was creating flooding issues during larger storm events… Read more »

Cops And Courts – January 13, 2017


Man Leveled Rifle At Cops BERLIN — A Berlin man was being held without bond last Thursday after allegedly leveling a rifle at a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy at a residence during an incident on Wednesday. Last Wednesday, deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Evans Road in Berlin in… Read more »

North-End Bike Path Work Near

OCEAN CITY — After gaining state funding for the implementation of a designated bicycle path for an important section in the north end of a large city-wide effort, resort officials this week debated how best to spend the money to install the new path in time for the summer season. At Tuesday’s Transportation Committee meeting,… Read more »