Tropic Moon Media
Adventure + Ecology + History
The Unseen Everglades:
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 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
The Hydrilla is a submersed plant native to Africa and Southeast Asia, a major aquatic weed throughout most of the world’s warmer climates introduced to into Florida in the early 1950s. By the 1990s it occupied more than 140,000 acres of public lakes and...read more
The Old World climbing fern origins is tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, Melanesia and Australia, and is now an aggressive invasive, non-native vine that is rapidly spreading in Florida. The fern was first found in Martin County in 1965 and now infests more...read more
The Australian pine is native to Malaysia, south Asia, Oceania and Australia. Brought to Florida in the late 1800s for ditch and canal stabilization, shade and lumber. The scientific name is Casuariana equisetiifolia. A deciduous tree with soft, wispy...read more
Yes, there is a bigger enemy than the melaleuca in the Florida Everglades – the Brazilian Peppers (Schinus terebinthifollus) and have earned a spot on the State of Florida’s prohibited plant list. It is now illegal to sell, cultivate or transport them....read more
The Asiatic Colubrina street name is latherleaf. Properly named since it has the ability to produce a lather in water. It is a shrubby member of the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae). A low shrub that has long climbing or drooping branches that can reach 20...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