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.

KEYS HISTORY: LANTERN FUEL PUTS LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS LIVES AT RISK

The story reprinted in the Boston Globe on Nov. 22, 1896, originally appeared in the New York Sun. Jacob Bethel was visiting New York City from the Florida Keys,...

OPPORTUNITIES & DANGERS OF FLORIDA TREATY’S KEYS ACQUISITION

When the United States acquired the Florida Territory, it was a bigger version of Florida than is mapped today. During British ownership (1763-1783), the territory was divided into East...

KEYS HISTORY: HOW KEY WEST BECAME THE MOST HAUNTED CITY

Ghost stories are told up and down the island chain. In Key West, the haunted history is openly celebrated. It should be; it is considered one of the country’s...

KEYS HISTORY: CIGARS & FARMING APLENTY

It is difficult to tell a Key West or a Key Largo story without telling a Florida Keys story. What time has done is produce a system of historical roots...

KEYS HISTORY: ETCHING KEYS TREASURE HUNTERS INTO HISTORY

Art “Silver Bar” McKee is a celebrated Florida Keys treasure hunter. He was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on Nov. 2, 1910, and always loved the water.  As a young...

KEYS HISTORY: HOW IT DID IT ALL BEGIN?

There is a reason the history of a place like the Florida Keys can be written so many different ways. Some writers rehash the local legend and lore. Some...