Brad Bertelli

Brad Bertelli is an author, speaker, Florida Keys historian, and Honorary Conch who has been writing about the local history for two decades. Brad has called the Florida Keys home since 2001. He is the author of eight books, including The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files, a book of historical fiction that blends two of his favorite subjects, the local history and Florida’s Bigfoot, the Skunk Ape. His latest book, Florida Keys History with Brad Bertelli, Volume 1, shares fascinating glimpses into the rich and sometimes surprising histories of the Florida Keys. To satisfy your daily history fix, join his Facebook group Florida Keys History with Brad Bertelli.

KEYS HISTORY: EARLY PIONEERS HAD A DIFFERENT NAME FOR THIS CRUSTACEAN

If you are not following my Facebook group, Florida Keys History with Brad Bertelli, then you are missing out on daily doses of great...

KEYS HISTORY: A 1920S ANTI-MOSQUITO MOVEMENT SWELLS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

Before diving into this 20th-century mosquito story, I need to backtrack. In last week’s 19th-century mosquito story, I referred to yellow fever and malaria...

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EXOTIC PET TRADE BROUGHT INVASIVE GUESTS TO THE FLORIDA KEYS

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KEYS HISTORY: A TUSSLE OVER A SHIP SALVAGE

Working with history is always a learning process. I think it is pretty safe to say that when it comes to history, you only...

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