In a deep skillet, add bacon and set the heat to medium; sauté until it starts to brown, about 7 minutes. Add onions and carrots with a small pinch of sea salt; sauté for 3 minutes. If it needs more fat, add butter. Add celery and red peppers; sauté for another 3 minutes.
Pour in clam juice and broth; bring to a boil. Add cubed potatoes, reduce heat back to medium, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until almost tender. Add cream, white pepper, smoked paprika and Old Bay seasoning; stir to combine, bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes.
Add scallops with its juice and lemon zest; stir well and cook until opaque, not more than 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in dill. Serve immediately with fresh crusty bread.