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.

OC Rec Boosters Make Big Donation

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Recreation Boosters last week presented a check for $16,750 to the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department in support of its many youth programs.The O.C. Recreation Boosters is a non-profit, independent group made up by representatives from various community organizations along with interested individuals. The group works diligently throughout the… Read more »

Berlin Little League All-Star Season In Full Swing

The Berlin Little League All-Star season is in full swing with several teams advancing to the District 8 tournament already. Pictured left, the Berlin Little League 11-12 All-Star team celebrates its victory in the tournament last weekend to advance. Pictured right, the Berlin Little League 9-10 All-Star team shows off its hardware after winning its… Read more »

Townhouse Project Approved Amid Sidewalk Debate

OCEAN CITY — Resort planners this week approved a new townhouse development project in the downtown area, but not before a larger discussion about sidewalk widths in the area.The Ocean City Planning Commission on Tuesday reviewed a proposed townhouse project on St. Louis Avenue and 12th Street including eight, three-bedroom units and one, two-bedroom unit…. Read more »

State Surfing Championships Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District next weekend will host the Maryland State Surfing Championships, the third contest in a summer-long contest series, on the beach at 35th Street.The Delmarva ESA holds six amateur surfing competitions throughout the summer at different locations around the resort area. Participants in various age, gender and… Read more »

Harris Praised For Vote Against Offshore Drilling

OCEAN CITY — The U.S. House of Representatives last week took decisive action against proposed offshore exploration and drilling for oil and natural gas including Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.), who broke party ranks to approve the measure.The Trump administration’s plan to open vast areas off the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts, including a… Read more »

Offshore Powerboat Racing To Return This Fall

OCEAN CITY- The grand spectacle of offshore powerboat racing will return to Ocean City in September after resort officials approved the event this week.On Monday, the Mayor and Council approved the Ocean City Grand Prix powerboat races scheduled for September 29. The Ocean City Grand Prix is part of the larger Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA)… Read more »

McAvan’s Soccer Camp Set For Return

OCEAN CITY- For the 32nd year, former Baltimore Blast indoor soccer player and coach Bobby McAvan is offering his “For the Love of Soccer” camp at Northside Park in Ocean City during the month of July.As with years past, the camp is expected to be both fun and competitive for all players. This year marks… Read more »