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 Florida Panther, a North American cougar, lives throughout Everglades National Park, as well as numerous counties surrounding the park. Twenty Florida Panthers were in the wild in the 1970s. By 2017, their numbers had increased to an estimate of 230....read more
In the Ten Thousand Island on Caxambas Island, south of Marco Island in Cape Romano sits the Cape Romano Dome House. Constructed in 1980 by Bob Lee, a retired businessman and then abandoned it in 1992, and later sold it to John Tosto in 2005. Due to...read more
Everglades restoration a favorite subject for government officials both in Florida and Washington, D.C. So far, it’s mostly talk, as the blue-green algae and red tide problems grow year after year. For years, the blue-green algae have been on both coasts,...read more
Safari parks also known as wildlife parks are a zoo-like commercial drive-in tourist attraction around the world. At a safari park, you as the visitor will ride either in your car, a tram or at the Everglades Safari Park, an airboat. At Lion Country Safari...read more
Seasonal fluctuations in water levels and periodic fires both work hand-in-hand with the underlying geology, soil depth, and climate to make the Fakahatchee Strand biodiversity greater than Everglades National Park.Swamps and MarshesIn Europe, a swamp...read more
Fakahatchee Strand was purchased by the Lee-Tidewater Cypress Company in 1913 for $1.4 million for the sole purpose of logging the cypress. Fortunately, logging did not begin until 1944 as a war-time measure but continued until the early 1950s.It is...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