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.

Ocean City Planning Rental License Fee Increase; $500 Fine For No License Likely

Ocean City Planning Rental License Fee Increase; $500 Fine For No License Likely

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials moved forward this week with a stopgap measure of sorts for the larger R-1A single-family neighborhood rental issue, but not before adding some teeth to the proposed rental license application process.Throughout the last year, town officials have been wrestling with the issue of vacation rentals in Ocean City’s quieter… Read more »

Three Years For Berlin Gunslinger

Three Years For Berlin Gunslinger

SNOW HILL — A Berlin man arrested in April on multiple charges after running in and out of businesses in the downtown area displaying a handgun pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to seven years, all but three of which were then suspended.Around 10 p.m. on April 8, Berlin Police responded to the area… Read more »

Resort Likely To Weigh In Against Seismic Testing

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials could soon be seeing a resolution coming before them seeking their opposition to offshore seismic testing for potential oil and natural gas development off the coast of the resort.During Tuesday’s Mayor and Council meeting, Councilmember Tony Deluca briefed his colleagues on last week’s Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, also known… Read more »

Ocean City Reverses Course On Special Events Ordinances; Enforcing Existing Laws A Major Focus

Ocean City Reverses Course On Special Events Ordinances; Enforcing Existing Laws A Major Focus

OCEAN CITY — Just one week after introducing a pair of rather draconian ordinances, aimed at reducing the disruption associated with some of the offseason vehicle-related events in the resort, town officials this week did an abrupt about-face and moved in the direction of enforcing what is already on the books.Ever since the spring Cruisin’… Read more »