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
Kemp’s Ridley is also known as the Atlantic Ridley sea turtle is critically endangered and is the rarest of all sea turtles. They get their name from the man who originally discovered them, Richard Moore Kemp (1825 – 1908). It is one of two living species...read more
Laurel wilt is also known as laurel wilt disease, it is a vascular disease caused by the Raffaelea lauricola fungus. The fungus is transmitted by the redbay ambrosia beetle. Members of the laurel family died from the disease, with the avocado the most...read more
The RIFA is the most notorious of the two species of the fire ants found in Florida. Its less common cousin is the tropical or native fire ant. Native to central South America, the RIFA has also established itself throughout the world. It was first...read more
Deer and horse flies are from the Tabanidae family for which there are 35 different species in Florida. Both are a pest to cattle, horses, and humans. While they are from the same family, deer flies are in the genus of Chrysops and horse flies are from the...read more
No-see’ums; is there anything worst to be bitten by? For many, the answer is no. Once bitten, you will see a small red dot, that can expand from one to two inches in diameter with a slightly raised welt. The welt will be itchy, mildly painful and can last...read more
Southwest of Myakka City and north of Myakka River State Park is the 191 acre Crowley Museum and Nature Center founded by William Jasper Crowley (1900 – 1976) and Edina Truchot (1899 – 1976) in 1974. John Crowley, Jasper’s grandfather applied for a...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