Historic City News has learned that, at their latest gathering, the Southwest Business Council of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce heard from Dan Holiday about the history of sandal making in Saint Augustine.
Holiday is a well known fixture in the historic city; he began his sandal making career here at the foot of St. George Street in the mid 1960’s. Within a few years time, everyone who was anyone had a tracing of their feet hanging from the rafters or stapled to the walls of his leather shop across from the old city gates.
Holiday has traveled the world — both during his military career and, since locating in St. Augustine, as a private pilot. Holiday is a published author, historian and accomplished, highly sought after speaker. He still practices leathercraft; from a shop now located on Aviles Street.
The meeting was held Tuesday morning December 14, 2010 at the St. Augustine Courtyard by Marriott.
Photo credits: © 2010 Historic City News staff photographer