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
Seasonal fluctuations in water levels and periodic fires both work hand-in-hand with the underlying geology, soil depth, and climate to make the Fakahatchee Strand biodiversity greater than Everglades National Park.Swamps and MarshesIn Europe, a swamp...read more
Fakahatchee Strand was purchased by the Lee-Tidewater Cypress Company in 1913 for $1.4 million for the sole purpose of logging the cypress. Fortunately, logging did not begin until 1944 as a war-time measure but continued until the early 1950s.It is...read more
Ghost orchid, a plant with a pivotal role in the non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean and later the movie Adaptation, based on the book. The orchid also inspired by D. K. Christi to write the fictional novel ghost orchid.The ghost orchid is...read more
In the heart of the Corkscrew Watershed, in the Western Everglades, you will find the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The sanctuary covers approximately 13,000 acres. Composed mostly of wetlands, it includes the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in...read more
The American alligator is also known as the common alligator and is larger than any other species in the Alligator family. If you live in Florida, you just call it the gator. Three states Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi all have it as their official...read more
Cape Sable seaside sparrows are a subspecies of the seaside sparrow. It is endemic to southern Florida and has been designated endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Young birds’ backs are dark olive-grey with their tails and wings olive-brown. Adult...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