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.

Seahawks Earn All-Conference Honors

BERLIN- Several Stephen Decatur girls’ varsity soccer players were recognized last week when the Bayside South awards were announced.Named to the All-Bayside South First Team from Decatur were Mia Kemp and Morgan Sullivan. Named to the All-Bayside South Second Team from Decatur were Jessica Beck, Riley Wilson and Hannah Dang. Earning Honorable Mention from Decatur… Read more »

Barrett Named Conference Player Of Year

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team was rewarded for an outstanding fall season with several players named to the All-Bayside South teams including Player of the Year honors for James Barrett.The Seahawks went 11-3 on the season and won their opener in the state 3A-South playoffs before falling to rival Bennett. When the All-Bayside… Read more »

Snelsire Earns Offensive Player Of Year Honors

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team was well-represented when the Bayside South awards were announced last week including Offensive Player of the Year honors for quarterback Ashten Snelsire.The Seahawks went 8-4 on the season and won two state playoff games before bowing out. Snelsire was outstanding all season and earned Bayside South Offensive Player of… Read more »

Winterfest Of Lights 5K Run Returns

OCEAN CITY- The Winterfest of Lights 5K Run returns to Northside Park this week.The annual event will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m. Participants will run the 5K course through the modified Winterfest of Lights displays in the park. Registration and packet pickup will be held at Bourbon Street on the Beach at 126th… Read more »

Bayside Schools Bring Home State Titles

BERLIN- The Bayside South and the Lower Shore enjoyed a strong state high school soccer playoff season with two conference teams bringing home state championships.Bennett won the state 3A Region championship last week, beating C. Milton Wright in the title game. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, but Bennett won the game and the… Read more »

OC’s Planned Wage Increases Aimed At Addressing Staffing Woes; Changes To Boost Payroll By $800K

OC’s Planned Wage Increases Aimed At Addressing Staffing Woes; Changes To Boost Payroll By $800K

OCEAN CITY — In an effort to recruit and retain employees during decidedly challenging times, resort officials this week approved accelerated increases in the pay grades for full-time and part-time town staffers.Ocean City’s full- and part-time employees could see modest increases in their paychecks after the Mayor and Council this week approved adjustments to the… Read more »

Ocean City Council Approves Phased Room Tax Distribution Plan; More Funding Slated For Marketing

Ocean City Council Approves Phased Room Tax Distribution Plan; More Funding Slated For Marketing

OCEAN CITY — After carefully reviewing and debating the options on the table, resort officials this week approved a gradual scaling up of the percentage of the town’s room tax dedicated to marketing.In October, the Mayor and Council got an historic overview of the town’s room tax and how the revenue generated was distributed to… Read more »

Alley Swap OK’d For Redevelopment

OCEAN CITY — The proposed alley swap to accommodate a restaurant redevelopment was formalized last week with the passage of an ordinance on second reading.Last year, the Ocean City Planning Commission reviewed a proposed site plan for the redevelopment of the BJ’s on the Water property on 75th Street. The property is now owned by… Read more »