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
Kissimmee River In 1962, the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project (“C&SF”) final construction project was to straighten the Kissimmee River. The 90-mile meandering river was drained for agriculture and grazing land. As soon as they started...read more
With a national push for expansion and progress in the later part of the nineteenth century, stimulated interest in draining the Everglades for agricultural use. Wetland removal was not questioned from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of...read more
After two catastrophic hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 that caused Lake Okeechobee to breach its levees and killing thousands, the government began to focus on controlling the floods rather than drainage. The government created the Okeechobee Flood Control...read more
In the previous article on the Seminole Indians, it was mentioned that villages consisted of hardwood hammocks or pinelands. Below is an explanation of what both are. Tropical Hardwood Hammocks A tropical hardwood is made up of small islands of trees...read more
In the 1740s following the demise of the Calusa and Tequesta, in southern Florida, the Native Americans were referred to as “Spanish Indians” due to friendlier relations with Spain. When the Creek invaded the Florida peninsula. They conquered and...read more
It is estimated that people first arrived on the Florida peninsula approximately 15,000 years ago. The first group to arrive were the Paleo-Indiansand more than likely followed large game such as giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and spectacled bears. When...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