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.

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Helen Nellie Davis was no wallflower. She was born on Dec. 11, 1879, in Baltimore. Because her story is more interesting and complicated than...

KEYS HISTORY: LOWER KEYS BAT TOWER WAS A ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

In 1879, Richter Clyde Perky was born to parents living in Denver, Colorado. The boy grew up, moved east and began dealing in the...

KEYS HISTORY: STORIES OF SOUTHERNMOST SKUNK APE

When you write a book about a local cryptid called the Skunk Ape, stories find you.  The Skunk Ape is Florida’s Bigfoot and a legendary...

KEYS HISTORY: THE ISLAND CHAIN BEARS A VARIETY OF FRUITS

One of the best early accounts of aboriginal life in the Florida Keys was in a memoir by Hernando De Escalante Fontaneda. As a...

KEYS HISTORY: CORAL ROCK WALL ON LIGNUMVITAE KEY BRINGS HISTORICAL INTRIGUE

The Spanish have been influencing the Florida Keys since shortly after the New World was discovered — indeed, since Ponce de Leon sailed past...

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