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’ roads started out in patchwork fashion

Sept. 1, 1854, was a Friday. It was also the day George Whiting Allen was born. The Allen family would move from Jacksonville, Florida,...

WHO NAMED THE KEYS? ORIGINS AS QUIRKY AS THE INHABITANTS

There are 1,000 origin stories behind the names given to the Florida keys, and countless people have contributed to them. One of those was...

NAME GAME: HOW DID THESE ISLANDS GET THEIR NAMES?

Missouri and Ohio keys are situated in the Lower Keys and, at least in terms of the Overseas Highway, are linked one after the...

WHAT ARE THE ‘D’ NAMES IN THE FLORIDA KEYS?

For those who have spent time driving up and down the Keys, they have seen the green and white road signs announcing the names...

Washed away: Alligator Key, Sombrero Key, Looe Key

One of the things distinguishing the Keys from Florida’s sand-based barrier islands like Captiva, Sanibel, and Anna Maria Island is their construction. By and...

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