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.
In Florida, two out of every five residents rely on septic tanks, and that waste is seriously harming our state’s very fragile ecosystem. While many areas would like to swap the septic systems for sewer systems, it is estimated the cost for Miami-Dade County alone...read more
A major tourist spot for Florida, Everglades National Park is also a dumping ground for abandon dogs, snakes, cars, and humans. Over the years, partially eaten bodies have turned up with no explanation of how they got there.In June 2016, a fisherman...read more
The “Hole in the Donut” along with Everglades Nike Site or Missile Base were all names for the Nike-Hercules missile base in Homestead, Florida. The site was located on Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park. It opened in 1964 with 22 buildings and...read more
Designed by Miami architect Peter Vander Klout, the “UFO House” when finished, was declared hurricane proof as it could withstand winds as high as 300 mph. This is according to Henry Ruzakowski, son of Henry Ruzakowski senior, builder of the home.With a...read more
Born in 1886 in Croswell, Michigan Ernest R. “Cap” Graham would eventually find his way to South Florida after working as a mining engineer in South Dakota. While there, he meets his first wife, Florence Morris. Together they had three children: Philip...read more
The El Jobean Grand Hotel was originally located in Manatee County on the northeast bank of the Myakka River close to Port Charlotte. But in 1881 the county lines were redrawn, and it became part of DeSoto County. Finally, in 1921 it became part of the newly formed...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