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.

St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament Underway

OCEAN CITY- The first leg of the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament gets underway this weekend with a full slate of action at Northside Park.For over three decades, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department hosted the annual St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament at Northside Park. The event for years played… Read more »

Senior Program May Come To Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week formalized a request to include Ocean City in a senior citizen independent living program offered in other areas of Worcester County.During Tuesday’s work session, Mayor Rick Meehan outlined some of the details of Worcester County’s Community for Life program and pointed out the service is currently not available… Read more »

Decatur Has Momentum Entering Regionals

BERLIN- Riding a late-season hot stretch, Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team earned the number-three seed when the state 3A-South region brackets were released this week.The Seahawks enter the state playoffs at the 3A-South Region II number-three seed and will face Northeast at home in the first round. The Decatur boys enter the state regional… Read more »

Zoning Code Nonconformities Debated

OCEAN CITY — How long is an appropriate amount of time to extend special circumstances, or nonconformities, for property redevelopments was the subject of debate that ended with resort officials seeking the opinion of the planning commission.During Tuesday’s work session, Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville broached the subject of nonconformities and the appropriate… Read more »

Worcester’s Hoffman Headed To Mount

Worcester’s Hoffman Headed To Mount

BERLIN- Worcester Prep girls’ varsity lacrosse standout Carly Hoffman this week signed a national letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Division I Mount St. Mary’s next year.Hoffman signed the letter of intent to attend and continue her career at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg next year during a special ceremony… Read more »

Decatur Swimmers Solid In Region Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams acquitted themselves well last week in the state 3A-2A-1A region championship meet last week with a handful of top individual finishes.The Seahawks competed in the regional meet at Montgomery High School last weekend. The Decatur boys finished ninth over all among the 28 schools represented in the regional meet,… Read more »

Repaving Efforts In OC Running Ahead Schedule; Mild Weather Keeps Projects Moving

Repaving Efforts In OC Running Ahead Schedule; Mild Weather Keeps Projects Moving

OCEAN CITY — With city crews steam-rolling through planned street repaving projects this offseason, an opportunity has arisen to continue to push forward and knock out a significant area this spring in advance of the coming season.During a larger discussion this week about widening the sidewalks in the ocean block between 118th Street and 130th… Read more »

Ocean City Continues To Explore Tax Incentives For Year-Round Residents

Ocean City Continues To Explore Tax Incentives For Year-Round Residents

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials renewed the debate this week about encouraging more year-round residents through relaxing fees associated with new construction or creating other incentives including potential property tax relief.For the last year or so, the Mayor and Council have heard concerns from property owners and potential homebuilders about the rising cost of developing… Read more »