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: A NEW SPANISH FLEET MYSTERY

Hurricane warnings: sometimes you listen and sometimes you do not This time of year always makes me a little anxious. Not only is it hurricane season, but it is the...

KEYS HISTORY: FLAGLER’S DREAM COMES TO STORMY END

Henry Flagler arrived in Key West on Jan. 22, 1912. Thousands attended the heralded event. One of those attendees was a 12-year-old boy named Marvin Thompson. Decades later, he...

KEYS HISTORY: CAPTAIN BAKER’S PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

In the mid to late 1800s, Captain Ben Baker was the King of the Florida Wreckers. His 13-ton, three-masted schooner “Rapid” was the pride of the Baker Wrecking Company.  In...

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...