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
Everglades was first recorded by Spanish cartographers who had not sen the land. Between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida, they name the area Laguna del Espirito Santo, meaning “Lake of the Holy Spirit.” Without being explored, it was featured on...read more
Emersed Plants Cat-Tails (Typha species) Cat-tails are named after their long, cylinder-shaped flower spikes that are brown in color. Common to Florida’s wetlands, these plants grow out of the water and provide protection and nesting locations for...read more
Florida has three different types of marine plants that are native in freshwaters. They are submersed, emersed, and free-floating and floating-leaved. Below are their definitions. Submersed Plants Tape Grass (Valisneria American) A submersed native grass...read more
It has been documented that there are 432 lichen species within one square kilometer at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in southwestern Florida. Only eight other parks in the United States have a higher number of lichen species. But in those...read more
As most people know, in 1974, Marjory Stoneman Douglas dubbed the Everglades as the River of Grass to describe the slow movement of shallow sheet flow through sawgrass marshes. Not a true grass, Sawgrass is a member of the sedge family, characterized by...read more
Much like the cacti, succulents are often associated with deserts and are also quite diverse in tropical and subtropical areas. This includes the Everglades. Native succulents to the Everglades thrive with abundant rainfall but require a sunny well-drained...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