Authors outline inspiring history of South Beach

Pictured at the Books & Books Coral Gables book signing are (l-r) authors Charles J. Kropke and Eleanor Goldstein, and Books & Books owner Mitch Kaplan.

Charles J. Kropke and Eleanor Goldstein, co-authors of South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance, chronicled the remarkable pioneers, builders and civic leaders who turned South Beach into one of the travel world’s most remarkable success stories at Books & Books in Coral Gables on May 2.

In its first year of publication, the lavishly illustrated 244-page souvenir book, published by Coral Gablesbased Tropic Moon Press, has won rave reviews from booksellers, readers and civic organizations. Autographed copies of the colorful hardcover publication now are available for sale at the leading independent bookstore.

“The book is a treasure trove of stories, photos and original artwork that brings South Beach to life,” said Goldstein, noting it took more than two years of interviews and research to create the book.

“One of the reasons our book has taken off is that readers appreciate the intriguing stories that bring South Beach to life,” Kropke added. “We feel passionate about South Beach and appreciate the opportunity to pass that enthusiasm along to you tonight.”

Recently, the Miami 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 also was featured during Art Deco Weekend, an annual event organized by the league that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road and the other storied streets of South Beach.

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  1. This is a great story.. Thanks for sharing!

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