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
To most, the term Swampland is a figure of speech, but in Florida, it has real meaning. The term refers to all of the real estate scams over the years in which buyers are sold unusable or developable land unknowingly. Swampland originated in the 1920s from...read more
Shark Valley is a geological depression at the head of the Shark River Slough and is located in western Miami-Dade County and is part of Everglades National Park. It empties into the Shark River in Ten Thousand Islands in Monroe County and has a sawgrass...read more
The wood stork is a large American wading bird. It is part of the stork family Ciconiidae. Formerly, it was called the wood ibis, even though it is not an ibis. You will find the wood stork in subtropical and tropical habitats in both the Americas and the...read more
Yes. Often, the mosquitofish’s diet consists of large numbers of mosquito larvae and that is how they got their name. There are two types of mosquitofish, the western whose scientific name is Gambusia affinis, and the eastern whose scientific name is...read more
The late 1960s became a turning point for the Everglades with the proposal for expanding the Miami International Airport. The plan for the new jetport was to be larger than O’Hare, Dulles, JFK, and Los Angeles Airport combined. An area was chosen that was...read more
With the newly reclaimed Everglades land and the construction of the canals, the land was being promoted throughout the United States. In 1912, soon land developers had sold 20,000 lots in just a few months. Farmers were being promised through...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