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The Floriana Waterfront

Many in the local media, some of whom regular contributors to The Times, seem intent on instilling the false idea that the Pinto stores, commercially known as the "Valletta Waterfront", are located in Valletta. This was mostly evident in the special publication titled Valletta - A City For All, edited by Sarah Puntan-Galea.

I definitely do not intend to take away any of the capital's merits. Far from this, I am a regular commuter to the city and a keen admirer of its silent but interesting night life.

However, it is highly unjust to attribute one of Floriana's many architectural gems to Valletta. I cannot understand the reasoning behind the commercial naming of the area if even the management of Viset acknowledges that the Waterfront lies in Floriana. Traditionally Floriana used to extend up to Customs House but for some unknown reason someone decided to entrust this area up to the beginning of Crucifix Hill to the Valletta council.

This is confirmed by the statue of St Publius near the same building and documents showing that the parish of Floriana used to carry out religious duties in the area. The current boundaries are illustrated on the attached illustration, clearly showing that Pinto Wharf is well within Floriana's boundaries.

May this issue be settled once and for all for the benefit of us who have Floriana at heart.

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