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
In the 20th century, the most damaging of the exotic plant species introduced into the Everglades was the Melaleuca. The scientific name is quinquenervia and is also known as the tea tree, paperback or the punk tree. Planting the Melaleuca had only one...read more
This is an introduction to a two-part series on the Everglades invasive species problem that derives from exotic plants and animals that are not native to the region. South Florida's invasive species problems began with the population surge in the 20th century. The...read more
Part two By: Charles J. Kropke So, without condemning Florida’s coasts to their current fates, what options are viable? I suggest four. Since toxic algae blooms are the result of insufficient filtration, the answer is to substantially increase filtration wherever...read more
Part one of a two-part story. By: Charles J. Kropke Mother Nature bears a lot of resemblance to early Florida’s pioneering women. She can be strong and persevering and can take a lot of challenges and setbacks. But when she finally collapses; succumbing to all of the...read more
Ten years ago, if you would have asked city officials in palm-lined Fort Myers or the tiny island town of Sanibel, or in the east coast Mayberry-like municipality of Stuart or the ecologically-blessed enclaves surrounding the Indian River Lagoon; how will the...read more
We all know too much sugar is not good for anyone. For some, no amount of sugar is good for them. What’s not good for anyone are the U. S. Sugar Corp.'s annual pre-harvest sugarcane burns between the months of October and April. Everyone agrees that the practice 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