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.

Resort Task Force Proposes Once-A-Week Street Performer Registration Process

Resort Task Force Proposes Once-A-Week Street Performer Registration Process

OCEAN CITY — Although the debate got a little chippy at times, cooler heads prevailed this week in the latest attempt to tweak Ocean City’s ordinance regulating Boardwalk street performers.The Boardwalk Task Force met on Wednesday to take into consideration some of the concerns voiced during a public hearing last month on the city’s busker… Read more »

Although No Decision Imminent, Ocean City To Explore Possible Styrofoam Ban

Although No Decision Imminent, Ocean City To Explore Possible Styrofoam Ban

OCEAN CITY — Although only in its infancy, Ocean City officials this week began a discussion about possible banning or at least regulating environmentally harmful Styrofoam in the form of plates, cups and carryout trays.Several progressive communities across the country are already banning polystyrene in the form of Styrofoam cups, plated and carryout boxes, for… Read more »

Three Locations Selected In OC For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Three Locations Selected In OC For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials agree the continued proliferation of electric-powered cars could be the wave of the future for the resort, but continue to struggle with exactly where to put potential charging stations.More and more electric-powered and hybrid vehicles are visiting the resort, finding places to charge them continue to be a challenge…. Read more »

Marketing Report Confirms OC Fared Better Than Others; Data Shows OC’s Hotel Occupancy Surpasses Competitors

OCEAN CITY — If it’s true the proof is in the pudding, then Ocean City continues to outpace its beach destination competitors in several key indicators, town officials learned this week during an overview of the resort’s 2015 marketing campaign.The Mayor and Council on Tuesday got an extensive overview of the resort’s 2015 marketing campaign… Read more »