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.
Five counties in Florida are hosts to the ninety percent of the loggerhead sea turtle nesting. The counties include Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach. This represents about 160 miles of the 835 miles of beach in Florida where sea...read more
Anyone involved with the Everglades and the development of southwest Broward County knows the name, Ron Bergeron. But most don’t know his life story and how his empire all came to be.He was raised in Davie in a home that his parents built from scrap lumber...read more
Cypress trees adapt to a wide variety of soil types, be it wet, dry or swampy. The cypress has many names, bald cypress, swamp cypress, white cypress, tidewater red cypress, gulf cypress, and red cypress. The scientific name is Taxodium Distichum.A cypress...read more
Being the only venomous water snake in North America, the water moccasin has very distinctive blocky, triangular head. The body is thick, and they have a very dangerous bite. They will only bite a human when they feel threatened. Happy both swimming in the...read more
In most neighborhoods, the gray fox is rarely seen, but in parts of northeast Broward they are now thriving, and it is becoming quite common to see them almost daily. Native to Florida, they can be found throughout the state.Frequently a gray fox will have...read more
Bufo toads also known as Cane toads, with a stocky figure and short legs, are poor jumpers, but the parotoid glands behind their eyes make them deadly. The Bufo is a member of the Bufonidae amphibian family which consists of about 150 different species....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