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.

Private Sector Steps Up To Fund Great Inflatable Race; Funding Likely To Keep Event In West OC

Private Sector Steps Up To Fund Great Inflatable Race; Funding Likely To Keep Event In West OC

OCEAN CITY — Some resort officials relaxed their opposition this week to providing funds to a proposed special event planned in West Ocean City, but the private-sector business community has already stepped into the breach.Last week, the Ocean City Council had before it a request for a one-time seed-money contribution of $25,000 to partner with… Read more »

Revised Jellyfish Festival Concept Approved In Resort

Revised Jellyfish Festival Concept Approved In Resort

OCEAN CITY — A scaled-back second annual Jellyfish Festival, a weekend special event featuring live music, interactive sports and other family-friendly components, was approved this week.Last year, Jellyfish Festival featured national, regional and local acts with themed-based entertainment over the weekend along with action sports including surfing competitions, skateboarding, motocross, ultimate frisbee and other interactive,… Read more »

Tourism Corridor Signs Approved

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week endorsed a state Tourist Area and Corridor (TAC) signage program identifying major attractions in and around the resort area.The TAC concept, which will design, create and install highway signs for tourist-based attractions around the state, was first pitched at least four years ago, but the project was stalled… Read more »