Brad Bertelli

Brad Bertelli is the curator for Islamorada’s Keys History & Discovery Center. A published author of six books, his favorite subjects are Indian Key and skunk apes.

Keys’ roads started out in patchwork fashion

Sept. 1, 1854, was a Friday. It was also the day George Whiting Allen was born. The Allen family would move from Jacksonville, Florida, where George was born, to...

WHO NAMED THE KEYS? ORIGINS AS QUIRKY AS THE INHABITANTS

There are 1,000 origin stories behind the names given to the Florida keys, and countless people have contributed to them. One of those was Charles Brookfield. He was born...

NAME GAME: HOW DID THESE ISLANDS GET THEIR NAMES?

Missouri and Ohio keys are situated in the Lower Keys and, at least in terms of the Overseas Highway, are linked one after the other. Missouri Key is in...

WHAT ARE THE ‘D’ NAMES IN THE FLORIDA KEYS?

For those who have spent time driving up and down the Keys, they have seen the green and white road signs announcing the names of the scores of islands...

Washed away: Alligator Key, Sombrero Key, Looe Key

One of the things distinguishing the Keys from Florida’s sand-based barrier islands like Captiva, Sanibel, and Anna Maria Island is their construction. By and large, the Florida Keys are...

Southernmost Skunk Ape Society reports 1929 sighting at Bat Tower

In the summer of 1977, documents indicating the presence of a large, hairy, bipedal creature with a strong odor in the Florida Keys were discovered in the attic of...