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.

Council Approves Bond Sale For New Fire Station, Downtown Park Redevelopment, Baltimore Avenue Work

Council Approves Bond Sale For New Fire Station, Downtown Park Redevelopment, Baltimore Avenue Work

OCEAN CITY — Despite some misgivings about the price tags on some of the capital projects included, resort officials this week approved on first reading a future bond sale totaling nearly $49 million.The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of general obligation municipal bonds… Read more »

Ocean City, BikeFest Promoter Finalize AgreementOcean City, BikeFest Promoter Finalize Agreement

OCEAN CITY — Now less than two weeks away, OC BikeFest is officially a go after resort officials this week approved the final memorandum of understanding.In July, the Mayor and Council reviewed the draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) with staff. The MOU outlines both the town’s responsibilities and those of the event’s promoter, OC JAMS…. Read more »

OC Charter Boat Destroyed In Fire

OC Charter Boat Destroyed In Fire

OCEAN CITY — Local sportfishing boat Last Call caught fire in the Inlet early last weekend, but all on board were safely removed.Around 5:15 a.m. last Sunday, the Ocean City Fire Department responded to the south jetty of the Ocean City Inlet for a reported boat fire. It was determined the burning boat had just… Read more »

Assault Charges In Motel Attack

OCEAN CITY — A Parkville, Md. man was charged with multiple counts of assault last weekend after allegedly attempting to suffocate his girlfriend in a downtown motel room.Last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a downtown motel for a reported domestic assault that had already occurred. Officers met with a female victim,… Read more »

Pickleball For Beginners Starts Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department is offering a clinic for pickleball beginners starting next week.Pickleball has quickly become of the most popular sports for the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department, which is offering a clinic for beginners starting next Friday at Northside Park. Participants will learn how to serve, dink,… Read more »