Editorial: Persistence pays as a final reversal preserves Millville’s holly farm

Holly Farm

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – One of the most protracted battles for a generation of South Jersey environmentalists has ended. The 16-year fight over developing or preserving a 1,350-acre former holly tree farm in Millville has ended in their favor.

The city in 2003 approved a plan to build about 900 age-restricted houses on the site, along with a golf course and other amenities. Atlantic City Electric, which owned the property, agreed to sell it for $4 million.

Several environmental groups opposed the plan and the sale, citing numerous threatened birds, plants and butterflies that use the property …

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