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 To Explore Ad Agency Options

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is getting ready to shop the town’s advertising contract through a competitive bid process.During Tuesday’s Tourism Commission meeting, Communications and Marketing Director Jessica Waters outlined the timeline for the request for proposal (RFP) seeking bidders for the town’s advertising firm contract. For the last 20 years, the town has contracted… Read more »

Early Research Efforts Discussed For OC’s Rebranding Campaign

OCEAN CITY — Efforts to identify and rebrand Ocean City’s image continued this week with the introduction of a couple of parallel programs during the Tourism Commission meeting on Monday.The commission, comprised of elected officials, town staff and local business representatives, met to continue discussions about rebranding the resort destination’s overall image. In June, the… Read more »

Coast Guard Rescues Two Near Jetty 

OCEAN CITY — Two individuals were rescued in the Inlet on Monday after losing control of their jet skis.Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Station Maryland on Monday received an initial report through VHF Channel 16 that three jet skiers in the area of the Inlet had entered the water and were in need of assistance…. Read more »

27th Poor Girls Open Gets Underway

OCEAN CITY- With the drama of the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open subsided, the resort area’s lady anglers get their turn in the spotlight this weekend with the return of the Poor Girl’s Open for the 27th year.The Poor Girl’s Open, which typically falls on the weekend after the White Marlin Open, was… Read more »

Ocean City Lacrosse Classic Returns

OCEAN CITY- The 27th Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, featuring many of the top men’s and women’s players in the country is underway turning the resort area into the center of the lacrosse universe all weekend.The annual tournament got underway on Thursday with opening round games in several divisions. Northside Park in Ocean City continues… Read more »