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.

State Swordfish Record Falls In WMO

State Swordfish Record Falls In WMO

OCEAN CITY- The ink was barely dry on entering the first Maryland state record swordfish two weeks ago when the record fell again last week during the White Marlin Open.During the Big Fish Classic in late July, angler Pete Schultz on the Real One hauled in a 301-pound swordfish to take first place in the… Read more »

High Court Denies Ocean City’s Tax Differential Appeal

High Court Denies Ocean City’s Tax Differential Appeal

OCEAN CITY — Maryland’s highest court denied Ocean City’s appeal in its long-standing dispute with Worcester County over the tax differential issue.In January 2019, after years of veiled threats over the tax differential, or tax setoff, Ocean City filed a petition for declaratory judgment against Worcester County on the long-standing matter. In its simplest terms,… Read more »

Replenishment Set In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — The next round of beach replenishment in Ocean City slated for this fall is a go after the federal Army Corps of Engineers this week announced it had awarded the contract for the project.The Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) announced on Tuesday if had awarded the $15.7 million Ocean City beach replenishment… Read more »

Grants Helping OC Budget Revenues

OCEAN CITY — With little fanfare or discussion, resort officials last week signed off on the second fiscal year 2021 budget amendment after learning the town’s financial picture was rosier than expected.Once a town’s fiscal year budget is struck, there are often budget amendments on different occasions throughout the year to make adjustments for unforeseen… Read more »

Charges Likely In Fatal Accident

OCEAN CITY — A Wicomico County man perished in the two-vehicle collision on Route 50 last Friday.Shortly before 11:30 p.m. last Friday, Maryland State Police from the Berlin barrack responded to a reported motor vehicle collision on Route 50 at Hall Road near Berlin. Upon arrival, Maryland State Police (MSP) troopers determined there were two… Read more »

Poor Girls Open Returns For 27th Year

OCEAN CITY- After the drama of the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open subsides, the resort area’s lady anglers get their turn in the spotlight next 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 »

Berlin Junior All-Stars Capture State Title

Berlin Junior All-Stars Capture State Title

The Berlin Little League’s Junior All-Stars last weekend captured the state championship in impressive fashion on their home field. The Berlin Little League Junior All-Stars captured the District 8 championship last month to advance to the state tournament, which the local league hosted at its complex last week. Berlin advanced through the early rounds to… Read more »

13th Heels And Reels In The Books

13th Heels And Reels In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 13th annual Heels and Reels Tournament last weekend was a big success with plenty of billfish released along with big fish weighed in several categories.Just before the 48th annual White Marlin Open got underway this week, the Ocean City Marlin Club last weekend hosted its 13th annual Heels… Read more »