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
Monk parakeets are native to Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America. Their scientific name is Myiopsitta monachus and is also known as the Quaker parrot. They are small, bright green with a greyish breast and a greenish-yellow abdomen....read more
Basilisk lizards are the knight anole of the Anolis equestris. Native to Mexico, Central America, and Columbia. They have been introduced into Florida as a “feral” species through Cuba. They were originally discovered in the early 1950s on the old north...read more
Nile monitor lizards are native to Africa. Nile monitors can grow from 3’ 11” to 7’ 3” in length. The largest specimens can grow up to 8 feet. An average-size Nile monitor from snout-to-vent will be around 1’ 8”. Adults have a body mass between 1.8 to 3.7...read more
Iguana iguana native to Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, but not Florida. They are Florida’s most destructive invasive species. It may seem hard to believe with as many as there are. An iguana’s legs short with a long body that can reach...read more
No! The Burmese python is not native to Florida although it may seem like it now. They are native to Southeast Asia. The first sighting of the Burmese python in Everglades National Park was in the 1980s. Not until 2000 was their population recognized as...read more
Blue tilapia while young, have a nondescript gray with a black spot at the rear of the dorsal fin. As they mature into adulthood, they are generally blue-gray shading to white on the belly. The border of the dorsal and caudal fins is red to pink. A broken...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