SOUTH BEACH: STORIES OF A RENAISSANCE
The comeback of South Beach in Miami Beach is one of the most interesting urban and cultural revivals of a city in modern American History. South Beach: Stories of A Renaissance captures the individual accounts of economic, cultural and political renewal that has created the dynamic international resort influenced by French Art Deco that is today’s South Beach.
The book explores the history of South Point, Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, Espanola Way and other neighborhoods, tying the present and the past of this piece of paradise with the vision of preservationists who saved the Art Deco district influenced by the Paris 1925 Exposition Internationale.
In a conversation to present the book its author Charles Kropke and Veronika Pozmentier Art Deco specialist will captivate the audience with the most intriguing stories about South Beach, stories mixed with over four dozen personal interviews with influential leaders of the Art Deco district.
A masterful addition to the existing literature of Florida history lavishly illustrated with 150 full color images including 4 double page gatefolds the book is a bestseller with more than 5000 books sold as today.
Charles J. Kropke is an adventurer, environmentalist, speaker, and author and has been an entrepreneur his whole life. A leader in educational, ecological, historic, and cultural tours in Florida and the Caribbean basin is the founder of the eco-tourism tour company Dragonfly Expeditions providing environmentally responsible “green” travel and tour combined with the culture, history and people of the destination plus a healthy dose of adventure.
Veronika Pozmentier is a journalist, an Art Deco specialist and a Certified Miami Dade Heritage Tourism Guide. She has lead hundreds of Art Deco Tours for general public, colleges, museums, collectors and media from all over the world. Passionate about Miami Beach she seats on The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum Visionary Committee, The Miami Design Preservation League Programs and Education Committee and is a Miami Beach Sister City Goodwill Ambassador.