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.

New Ambulance Purchase OK’d In Resort

OCEAN CITY — Despite some last-minute concerns about going with a smaller chassis, resort officials this week approved the purchase of a new ambulance at around $260,000, or about $30,000 less than what was anticipated.During the fiscal year 2019 budget deliberations, funding was included for the purchase of a new ambulance, but questions remained about… Read more »

Ocean City Opts To Convert Street Lights To LED; Annual Savings Estimated At $296K

Ocean City Opts To Convert Street Lights To LED; Annual Savings Estimated At $296K

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is going all in on a plan to replace street lighting with LED fixtures after resort officials reviewed some options this week.During Tuesday’s work session, the Mayor and Council heard a presentation from City Engineer Terry McGean and Delmarva Power officials about options for replacing the street lighting in most… Read more »

1933 Coastal Storm Revisited On 85th Anniversary; Inlet’s Creation Changed Ocean City, Area Forever

1933 Coastal Storm Revisited On 85th Anniversary; Inlet’s Creation Changed Ocean City, Area Forever

OCEAN CITY — Last week marked 85 years since the epic storm of 1933 ravaged Ocean City, and while the deluge nearly erased the fledgling resort town, the cataclysmic changes left in its wake changed the course of history along the sleepy barrier island forever.Significant storms have hit the resort since, most notably the March… Read more »

Aircraft Landing Ban Moves Ahead

OCEAN CITY — After an unexpected helicopter landing on a downtown church parking lot in July, resort officials this week approved on first reading an ordinance aimed a preventing a repeat.On July 3, a private helicopter landed on a church parking lot at 17th Street and Philadelphia Avenue, discharged its passengers and took off again…. Read more »