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.

Tweaks Ahead For OC  Hoverboard Ban

OCEAN CITY — With one major holiday weekend in the books, it appears the resort’s ban on hoverboards on the Boardwalk approved this winter does not go far enough, forcing town officials to revisit the definition of the devices in the code.In January, after months of debate, the Mayor and Council voted unanimously to prohibit… Read more »

After First Event, Trailer Ordinance For Cruisin’ Event Viewed As A Learning Experience In OC

OCEAN CITY — While one single event might not be a large enough sample size to make any long-range assessments, the new ordinance governing parking for oversized trailers on city streets during vehicle-related special events during last month’s spring Cruisin’ event appeared to have achieved the desired results.As part of the ongoing effort to rein… Read more »

Canal Dive Leaves Man Injured

OCEAN CITY — In one of the first water-related incidents in an early summer season already rife with tragedy, an unidentified man dove into a canal at 53rd Street last weekend and had to be transported to the hospital via Maryland State Police helicopter.Around 5 p.m. last Saturday, an unidentified male in his 20s attempted… Read more »