‘Sit Down With Steve’ on Space Coast Daily TV: Rep. Randy Fine On Mission to Visit All 61 National Parks
By Space Coast Daily // July 4, 2019
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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: In the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve,” Steve Wilson talks with State Representative Randy Fine, not about politics, but about an amazing adventure he and his family are undertaking that will have them visit all 61 National Parks and all 417 units of the National Park Service in the U.S. before his children graduate high school. Rep. Fine also talks about how he ended up in Brevard County and much more in this exclusive interview on Space Coast Daily TV.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – In the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve,” Steve Wilson talks with State Representative Randy Fine, not about politics, but about an amazing adventure he and his family are undertaking that will have them visit all 61 National Parks and all 417 units of the National Park Service in the U.S. before his children graduate high school.
Fine also talks about how he ended up in Brevard County and much more in this exclusive interview on Space Coast Daily TV.
Fine (R-Palm Bay) represents District 53, which is comprised of the southern portion of Brevard County and includes the entirety of Palm Bay, Malabar, and Grant-Valkaria, and portions of Melbourne, West Melbourne, and unincorporated Brevard.
In the legislature, he is the Chairman of Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of Gaming Control Subcommittee, serves on Health Quality Subcommittee, Business and Professions Subcommittee, Education Committee, Appropriations Committee and Brevard County Delegation.
Fine, 45, is a former gambling industry executive who was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives from the 53rd district in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.
He was born and raised to a Jewish family in Tucson, Arizona and is a graduate of Harvard University.
Before entering politics, Fine worked as an executive for casino gambling companies such as Harrah’s Entertainment and American Casino & Entertainment Properties.
For nearly 10 years, he operated a Nevada-based consulting business for the casino industry, called The Fine Point Group. In 2009, he was the chief executive of the Greektown Casino in Detroit.
In the state legislature, Fine has been an advocate for protecting the environment of the Indian River Lagoon from sewage spills, and for opposing wasteful lower-priority spending.
Fine has introduced a bill in the state legislature to provide up to $50 million per year in matching funds to upgrade sewage treatment facilities in the area of the marsh. The legislation also increases the fines for illegal sewage discharges.
Fine was with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in May as he signed legislation in Jerusalem banning anti-Semitism in Florida’s public schools.
The legislation was effective upon signing, the first bill in Florida history signed on foreign soil and Fine was the House sponsor of the legislation whose efforts were key to the bill becoming law.
Fine, who is Jewish, told a story about how he was in seventh grade and failed algebra because he missed a test on Yom Kippur, which his teacher said wasn’t a real holiday.
“In the record of my life, today will go down as one of the most special days,” said Fine.
“Together with 160 representatives, senators and a governor, we adopted the most stringent legislation ever adopted to protect Jewish children from the world’s oldest and most virulent form of discrimination.
“And to do that in Jerusalem, in the historic King David Hotel, and then to touch, for the first time in my life, the holiest site of that religion that has had to endure so much for so long… well, I won’t lie. I wept like a baby.
“I am grateful beyond measure to my constituents for allowing me to fight for this, and to those, I am privileged to serve with for fighting beside me.”