Brad Bertelli

Brad Bertelli is an author, speaker, and Florida Keys historian. His latest book, “The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files,” is a fun blend of two of his favorite subjects--Florida Keys history and the Skunk Ape.

JACOB HOUSMAN – THE WRECKER KING OF INDIAN KEY

Jacob Housman is remembered as the Wrecker King of Indian Key, among other things. After sailing to the West Indies from Long Island, New York, as a young man of...

WRECKER KING OF INDIAN KEY: A LOOK AT JOHN JACOB HOUSMAN

John Jacob Housman was born in 1799 on Staten Island, New York. The son of an oysterman, he was one of nine children. As a young man, he became...

SPOILER: FIRING A CANNON AT A WATERSPOUT DOESN’T STOP IT

Darien, Georgia, is the second oldest planned city in Georgia. Located on the Atlantic coast, Darien is situated at the mouth of the Altamaha River. It is approximately halfway...

HOW A KEY VACA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT LED TO THE TROPICAL HOTEL

The American period begins with the Adams-Onis Treaty that transferred the Florida Territory from Spanish ownership in 1821. Indian Key is a small 11-acre island in the Upper Keys...

KEYS HISTORY: SURVIVORS OF ATTACK AT INDIAN KEY DETAIL HORRIFYING CARNAGE

Indian Key was once the most important island in the Florida Keys not named Key West. The 11-acre island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and located about a...

INDIAN KEY HISTORY STARTS AT SMALL OUTPOST OF PORT MONROE

Indian Key was once the most important island in the Florida Keys not named Key West. The 11-acre island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and located about a...