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.

GPS To Remain On OC Golf Course Carts

OCEAN CITY — Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will remain on the golf carts at Eagle’s Landing, Ocean City’s municipal course, after resort officials last week agreed to continue to fund the amenity. During a budget work session last week covering Eagle’s Landing, a debate started over the validity of keeping the GPS systems on the… Read more »

Decatur Softball Falls To Snow Hill, 5-2

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball team fell to Snow Hill, 5-2, on the road on Tuesday to drop back to .500 on the season. The Seahawks entered Tuesday’s game with Snow Hill on a mini-roll, having beat Wicomico, 14-4, and Arcadia, 11-1, in its last two contests. Decatur couldn’t keep the roll going on Tuesday… Read more »

Plan To Convert Part Of Commercial Business Into Seasonal Housing For Restaurant Employees Advances

OCEAN CITY — Resort planners this week somewhat reluctantly approved an unconventional proposal to convert an existing commercial space to seasonal housing for foreign students, but only after a lively debate about the shortage and condition of much of the existing seasonal living conditions. The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday had before it an… Read more »

Private Group Chips In $5K For First White Marlin Prize; Season’s First Billfish Could Now Be Worth $15,000

OCEAN CITY — A little over a week after voting to eliminate or at least redirect the $5,000 dedicated as prize money for the first white marlin of the season, the city’s elected officials voted to restore the funding and vowed to work with the fishing community to better market the annual milestone. Two weeks… Read more »

OC Council Hears Second Wind Farm Proposal; Project Smaller In Scope With Turbines Further Offshore

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week got a closer look at a second proposed offshore wind energy farm that includes fewer turbines further offshore, but still weren’t keen on the proposal and asked the developer to consider moving even further off the coast. The Mayor and Council on Monday got an in-depth presentation from… Read more »

Worcester Boys Run Win Streak To Four

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team stayed on a big mid-season roll this week with a pair of wins to improve to 6-2. The Mallards beat always-tough Indian River at home last Friday, 18-8, and followed that up with a 13-9 win over Gunston on Tuesday. The pair of wins ran the Mallards’ current… Read more »