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.

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...

KEYS PIRATES: THE LEGENDARY STORY OF BLACK CAESAR CONTINUED

Nearly 100 years after the African chieftain who became the original Black Caesar was hanged for piracy, allegedly, he returned. Well, he returned in name. This second Black Caesar...

KEYS PIRATES: BLACK CAESAR, BLACKBEARD, AND THE CREATION OF A LEGEND

Black Caesar is a famous Florida Keys pirate, right? When this version of his story is told — consider it Black Caesar 1.0  — he is presented as a...

KEYS HISTORY: WAS LEMUEL OTIS MONROE COUNTY’S FIRST SHERIFF?

Lemuel Otis, Monroe County’s First Sheriff? For every prominent early Key West resident immortalized on buildings and street signs, scores of lesser-known residents go virtually unrecognized. One of these individuals...