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 enterprise known as the Sugar Cane Cooperative of Florida harvests, transports, and processes the sugarcane grown mostly in Palm Beach County. They market raw sugar and blackstrap molasses through the Florida Sugar and Molasses Exchange. Forty-five...read more
Biscayne Bay in Spanish Bahia Vizcaina, is 428 square miles and is divided into three parts: North Bay between the Miami Beach barrier island. Central Bay the largest part of the bay is separated by the Atlantic ocean and the Safety Valve (a series of...read more
Rule number one, insects rule the Everglades. There are nine different specific insects that can ruin your vacation to the Everglades. They include biting flies, chiggers, deer flies, yellow flies and horse flies, fire ants, fleas and ticks, mites that...read more
Eight different species of turtles call the Everglades home. The group includes the Florida Softshell, Florida Snapping Turtle, Florida Chicken Turtle, Atlantic Leatherback and Hawksbill, the Striped Mud Turtle, the Peninsula Cooter and finally the Lowly...read more
Big Cypress, as well as the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas, was the first national preserves in the United States National Park System in 1974. Big Cypress consisting of 720,000 acres, is located in southern Florida roughly 45 miles west of Miami....read more
Florida’s 2018 wet season began with a bang and is causing problems with the algae blooms again. The blooms can be found in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. And just like 2016, it is another state of emergency. As...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