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.

DRIVING THE KEYS – Upper Keys History

Politician George Allen began advocating for a road to the Keys in 1895. In 1908, residents of Monroe County (and especially Upper Keys farmers)...

POST OFFICES AND TRAGEDY

The first post office in the Florida Keys was established in Key West during the month of February in 1829. The post office was...

History hinges on a hurricane

Sometimes sons listen to their fathers. If Juan Menendez had listened to his father, Florida history might have been written a little differently. As...

How the Constellation did not arrive at Indian Key

How does the dissemination of misinformation confuse history? Here is one example: a few decades ago a local newspaper reporter was visiting Baltimore, Maryland....

Lightships before lighthouses

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