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
In 1992 a decree was signed that set thresholds for the amount of phosphorous in the Everglades. Phosphorous, an ingredient in fertilizer from sugar growers, and it is well known to promote unhealthy plant growth.The South Florida Water Management District...read more
As well reported, after a four-year battle, the Kanter Real Estate investment company final won in court.The Kanter’s land sits just west of Miramar near the Broward/Miami-Dade County line in a state conservation area above the Sunniland Trend shale...read more
In 1939, after 80 dry holes, with some being drilled to 6,180 feet, Florida legislators were desperate for their state to become an oil producer and offered a $50,00 bounty for the first discovery. Feeling they’d have better success than Gulf Oil,...read more
In 1901, an unsuccessful attempt was made to commercially find oil reserves in an area near Pensacola. No one knows for sure, as there are only small accounts of this wildcatter’s attempt, whether he was following science or intuition. He drilled two test...read more
The Florida Panther, a North American cougar, lives throughout Everglades National Park, as well as numerous counties surrounding the park. Twenty Florida Panthers were in the wild in the 1970s. By 2017, their numbers had increased to an estimate of 230....read more
In the Ten Thousand Island on Caxambas Island, south of Marco Island in Cape Romano sits the Cape Romano Dome House. Constructed in 1980 by Bob Lee, a retired businessman and then abandoned it in 1992, and later sold it to John Tosto in 2005. Due to...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