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 HISTORY: HURRICANE DISRUPTS HIGHWAY & VETERAN WORK CAMPS

Editor’s Note: This is the final in a two-part series on the history behind the arrival of veterans and their contributions to the Florida...

KEYS HISTORY: NEW DEAL BROUGHT OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS & VISITORS

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the history behind the arrival of veterans and their contributions to the Florida...

KEYS HISTORY: THE AVOCADO’S ARRIVAL TO NORTH AMERICA & THE ISLAND CHAIN

Persea Americana is commonly called the avocado. Consumption of the ancient Mexican fruit dates back 10,000 years. The Aztecs called it ahuacatl, a name...

A BREAKFAST CHAT WITH HISTORY BUFF BRAD BERTELLI COMES TO ISLAMORADA’S HUNGRY TARPON

Outside of Key West, there is little opportunity for a Florida Keys historian to make a living.  For nearly two years, however, I have been...

KEYS HISTORY: PRESERVING OLD WATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

Several months ago, I was invited to one of the local Key Largo schools to talk with some students about the use of cisterns...

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