Adventure + Ecology + History
Inside a Legendary Wilderness
100 Years of Making Waves
Tropic Moon Media
In 2013, Charles Kropke and Eleanor Goldstein combined their interests to create the company, Tropic Moon Media. Charles has spent more than twenty years creating special tours throughout South Florida. Eleanor has been an educator and publisher of databases used by tens of thousands of institutions worldwide. They share an interest in adventure, ecology, and history that became the foundation of Tropic Moon Media. They have produced books and documentaries about Miami Beach and the Florida Everglades.
The singular most important documentary ever made of the plight, the successes and the prospects for solutions to vexing problems on the Everglades’ restoration.Nathaniel Reed
The walking catfish has an appearance that is elongated, gray and scaleless. It has a large mouth, sharp pectoral spines with four pairs of barbels. While they are light grey in color, albinos do occur. Walking catfish are known for their ability to...read more
The sailfin catfish is a member of the Loricariidae family in Florida, as well as the other three suckermouth catfishes. It is distinguished by a worm-like pattern of dark markings on the head over a dark-golden background. The pectoral fins stout resemble...read more
Asiatic clams (Corbicula fluminea) also know as the Asian clam was first discovered in the United States in the state of Washington in 1938 along the banks of the Columbia River and in 1964 in Florida. Currently, it is found in forty-six states including...read more
Apple snail; the scientific name is Pomacea and is larger than most freshwater snails. They can be separated from other freshwater species by their oval shell, which has the umbilicus of the shell perforated or broadly open. The umbilicus is the axially...read more
The Bromeliad beetle scientific name is Metamasius mosieri Barber. It is native to Cuba and the Dominican Republic and now likely south Florida. Only recently has an effort been made to collect them in Florida. It has been found in Collier, Glades, Hendry,...read more
Lobate lac scale's scientific name is Paratachardina pseudolobate and was first discovered in Davie, Florida on a hibiscus in August of 1999. The discovery was made by personnel of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of...read more
Coffee Table and Historical Books
Recently, the Miami Beach Design Preservation League (MDPL) selected “SOUTH BEACH: Stories of a Renaissance” as its feature book for MDPL Reads, a community reading program. The “coffee table” souvenir book was also featured during Art Deco Weekend, an annual event organized by MDPL that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road and the other storied streets of South Beach.
“The book is a treasure trove of stories, photos and original artwork that brings South Beach to life,” says Goldstein, noting it took more than two years of interviews and research to create the book. “We have featured the people who transformed the empty, mosquito infested island of the early 1900s into the most recognized international resort in the world.” Read more
Noted author and adventurer, Charles J. Kropke traces the Illustrious 100 year history of Miami Beach (1815-2015). The book celebrates the Miami Beach Centennial, tracing the illustrious history of this storied island from the mid-1800s to present. It will highlight the lives of early pioneers and the visionary civic and business leaders who turned an uninhabited sandy island into today’s international visitor destination – and the many booms and busts along the way.
“Miami Beach has welcomed many waves of people through the decades,” Kropke says. In the 1910s and ’20s, tens of thousands of winter visitors from the northern states came each year, and hotels, restaurants and other businesses sprung up to cater to their needs. Read more