Current Members of the Fernandina Beach Pirate Club
The Current Members in Good Standing within the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. follow the current Board of Directors:
Board of Directors for 2020
*President (Cap’n) : Steve B Powers*
*Vice President (Quartermaster): Joe Brown*
*Secretary (Keeper of Logs): Judie Mackie*
*Treasurer (Keeper of Coins): Jeff Berbergal*
*Sergeant at Arms (Master Gunners): Roger Stewart & Mike Martin*
*Membership (Keeper of the Crew): Linda Kostelny*
*Public Relations (Teller of Tales): Jared Jones & Jill Johnson*
*Ways and Means (Keeper of Duds & Baubles): Sharon Lovett*
*Float (Boatswain): Pamela Kittrell Smith*
*Warehouse (Keeper of Loot): Lawrence Mackie*
Captain – The Rumrunner
Getting’ down in a pirate town.
They call him The Rumrunner, but the name is Steven B.; held captive to the evil corporate pirates for centuries. Escaped with only one eye and traded it all in for another world, a pirate flag and an island girl. His friends back home think he has gone and lost his mind, but take a little sip of that sugarcane rum and you are gonna know why. He spent his whole life roaming around ’til he headed on down to the Eastern Shore. He felt the sand beneath his toes, sailed the waves and plundered the coves, like pirates did 200 years ago. Some say he has gone Caribbean crazy chasing the ghost of pirates and sipping rum in the island state of mind. Nothing to mark the time but the crash of waves and swashbuckling with THE PIRATES! So everybody raise your glass to the golden age of the past.
Yes, he is a pirate 200 years too late.
Quartermaster – Greybeard
I’ve always been fascinated with all things Pirate. Read many books about them when I was young. Growing up in the Midwest, I was a pirate of the rivers and lakes. When I was 17 I traded the fast-moving waters of the rivers for the deep blue waters of the ocean. I sailed the seven seas for many years in search of fame and fortune. I came away with vast riches such as a better knowledge of the world, a little wisdom, and a greater appreciation for family and friends. In my heart, a pirate forever.
Sergeant at arms – Roger the Rogue
Roger the Rogue is a fitting name for our wandering pirate. Traveling the country gathering his corporate dabloons, this Rogue has visited almost every state in our nation. Born and “braised” in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, he often heard the call of the sea and finally paid heed and packed up his ditty bag and moved to Fernandina Beach where he was quickly recruited to this motley crewe. He enjoys his time both above and below the waves and its often found shouting “Fire in the Hole” and letting loose the cannons and pistols. “Life is a journey, enjoy the ride… As a pirate!”
Sergeant at arms – Mike Martin
Boatswain – Smoochie
Pam Kittrell Smith is our fun-loving, kissing Pirate known as Smoochie. Often dressed in purple, I can just about guarantee that if you’ve ever met this lovely Pirate Wench I’m sure she left you with a lipstick stained, positive impression! It seems she has always been a Pirate, born and raised on beautiful Amelia Island. Smoochie is a Veteran of the United States Army and had the opportunity to audition for the US Army Band. She has other talents, too. Besides being our number one kisser, Smoochie is also an Ordained Minister.
Keeper of the Crew – Luna Sea
Linda is a retired kindergarten teacher from the Akron and Cleveland areas of Ohio. Her love for fun, games, adventure, and playing dress-up obviously never ended, and now she can don the costume of a Wench and in Fernandina Beach, where no one thinks it is unusual at all! A volunteer for the Nassau Humane Society, Linda spends her time walking the adoptable dogs, and playing with the cats. She is a Cat Person, but not a Cat Lady – AND there IS a difference! With family in the Northeast Florida, Linda moved to Amelia Island in 2006.
Keeper of Dauds & Baubles
Trini the Temptress
Trini the Temptress so named by her fellow Mateys is originally from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, she easily slides into her role as pirate blood runs through her veins. This twin island country is located off the northern edge of South America’s mainland, near the coast of northeastern Venezuela, and barely 80 miles south of Grenada. Bordering the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago are fortunate to be just outside of the hurricane belt. Like Amelia Island and her history of eight flags, the island of Tobago changed hands among Spanish, British, French, Dutch and Courlander colonizers, more times than any other island in the Caribbean. The Temptress enjoys the parades the pirates participate in, especially the Shrimp Festival’s Pirate Parade. She loves to socialize, so she finds working the booth and dealing with people a great deal of fun. Her upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago make her a natural “party gal” for it’s popular event Carnival, and the invention of the Limbo; these islands are also the musical birthplace of calypso, soca, Parang, and chutney.
Keeper of Coins- Dreadnaught
Dreadnaught is the name his mateys call him. But he also goes by Jeff Berbergal to all you land lovers out there. Dreadnaught has been a Pirate since 2017 and loves handling the loot so much that he begged, borrowed and stole to be the club’s treasurer.
Public Relations – Jack Dusty
Born & raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Jill grew up exploring life around the shores of Lake Erie. In 2000, she met a long-haired scallywag from the Eastern Shore, named Wayne. They fell in love and were married in 2006. Along the way, he introduced her to the greatest storyteller of all time, Jimmy Buffett. Enamored with tales of boats, beaches, bars and ballads, Jill was a hula girl at heart and so she joined the ranks of parrothead pirates everywhere! This newfound longing for salt air that sticks to your skin had Jill Havana Daydreamin’ and the two decided a change in latitude was just the thing they needed. When the coast was clear in 2016, they sent word down the coconut telegraph that they were making the move to sunny Fernandina Beach, where they’d begin to reason with hurricane season. In 2019, Jill found her newest calling as co-chair of PR for the Fernandina Pirates Club and looks forward to many boat drinks & every new adventure that awaits. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Keeper of the Loot – Larmac Dawg
Larmac Dawg has been a member of the Fernandina Pirates’ Club since 1991. An avid Georgia Bulldog fan, his Pirate name is an obvious choice. Married to the Lady Judith, the pair have three children who grew up being Pirates, literally, as all three graduated from Fernandina Beach High School, Home of the Pirates. Larmac Dawg enjoys long walks on the beach and reading romantic novels from around the world. When he is not brandishing a sword, you’ll find him perusing the isles shopping for his favorite “As Seen on TV” products.
Keeper of Logs – The Lady Judith
The Lady Judith has been Pirating in Fernandina Beach since spring of 1991. Community minded, she has held a variety of volunteer positions in community non-profit or not-for-profit organizations such as the Fernandina Pirates Club, the Fernandina Beach Middle School, Relay for Life, and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. She is a past President of the Nassau County Writers and Poets Society, has been Treasurer of the Fernandina Beach High School Band Parents Association, a volunteer for a variety of Nassau Sport Fishing Association events and was once a Chamber Ambassador with the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce. Married for over a quarter of a century… and counting, she has two daughters, a son, a granddaughter, three grandsons, and a new baby pirate is due in August. She is currently adjusting to life as an empty nester. She is an owner SearchAmelia.com where she writes about life in our lovely community. She also builds websites, writes press releases, and offers marketing and publicity consulting under Amelia’s Plunder… and in her spare time, she manages the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida. She is married to Larmacdog.
“Dimps” the Pirate
(Marian) “I earned my pirate name due to my dimples.” Born in Jacksonville, I grew up on the island that I love, Amelia. That’s why they call me the Island Girl. I am the daughter of William J. Phillips (Jacksonville) and Janie Thomas (Fernandina Beach), and I graduated of FBHS Class of 1979. Some of my attributes are: Supervisors Secretary of Attendance for the Nassau County School Board and President of the Nassau Educational Support Personnel, NEA Leaders for Tomorrow graduate class of 2010, Executive Board member for the Florida AFL-CIO, member of the Order of Eastern Star, Past Worthy Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, member of Blackrock Baptist Church and Reunion Chair Person for the FBHS class of 79. Being a mother has been one of my greatest joys. I have one son, (the jewel of my life) Wyatt Lee and his wife, Amber. Being a Pirate comes natural for me. Born the day before Halloween, I’ve always loved to dress up and be someone different if only for one day. My hobbies include: Professional Photographer for 35 yrs, singing, sewing, dancing, and living life to the fullest. If I had to pick one event in my life that was a WOW moment, it would be 2 years ago when I finally got to meet President Jimmy Carter. This has been on my bucket list since I was 18 years old. The photograph from that day is a treasure I hold dear. OH It’s GREAT to be a FERNANDINA PIRATE!!!
It started years ago when he was just a young lad, finished with school. After a night of party, song and grog, he woke up on a ship! In just a short time, he learned the skills of a boatswain. Then one day, the ship was attacked by a crew of pirates on a much faster ship. The Pirates were good with sword and when the fighting was done, the Pirate Captain Demanded, “Join us or go down with the ship!” Jolly Roger quickly joined up. Years later, he came aboard Amelia’s Revenge, and has traveled with the Fernandina Pirates Club since.
Captain Kazimierz Lux (aka Cap’n Kaz) was a real pirate! In fact, born in Warsaw Poland, in 1780, Captain Kaz was a soldier in Napoleon’s Foreign Legion at the age of 15. He was an officer by the age of 20, a prisoner of the British for two years and then, a PIRATE for over 15 years. Later in life, Lux returned to the Duchy of Warsaw as an officer and a gentleman and lived till a ripe old age of 66 yrs old. Most importantly, Captain Kazimierz Lux was truly the POLISH PIRATE OF THE CARIBBEAN! He and his crew of 60 sailed his ship the Mosquito reaping a bounty of booty! Being a proud Pole, Kaz sent part of his booty to Poland for the needy, invalids and fugitives from English prisons. Pirate yes, but he never forgot his community! Captain Kaz is proudly brought back to life by Charles. After retiring as the assistant superintendent of schools, he was happily able to relocate permanently to this paradise we call Fernandina Beach. You may see Charles as Louis Michel Aury (pardon his bad French accent if you please), or other real pirates from history, as his interest in the island’s heritage is strong. So when you see Captain Kazimierz Lux at a community event, stop and say “Dzien Dobry” (say /jayn DOH bray) which means “Good Day”. Every day is a Good Day to be a Pirate and every day on Amelia Island is Dzien Dobry!
Me Mateys call me Limey, and I’ve been a pirate my entire life. I was a submariner for years prior to moving to the United States, and I’ve been a Fernandina pirate since 2006. I love to have fun and I like a good laugh. I also like RUM and grog. All of this makes for a perfect combination in a pirate.
“Slappy the Pirate” or “Blackbeard”
Slappy has been a member of the Fernandina Pirates Club since 2002. When his best friend’s family, who he always felt a part of, moved to Fernandina, Slappy soon packed up his belongings and moved here, too. After about a year of learning about our small community, he joined the club after he noticed all of the good things the Pirates were doing in and around Amelia Island. His favorite annual pirate event is Joy to the Children. This is when the Pirates gather, on Christmas Day, to attend a party for economically disadvantaged families in Nassau County. Not only are the children treated to an amazing Christmas dinner and party, but every member of the family is welcomed and made to feel special. The Pirates play with the kids, hand out trinkets, sing along with Christmas tunes, and sit quietly when the Story of Christmas is read. Afterwards, everyone is waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Once the big guy in the red suit shows up… the pirates go on to celebrate their personal ways, but for the kids left at Joy to the Children, the rest of the afternoon is all about Santa! Another amazing event that Slappy feels the Pirates offer are our monthly blood drives. “These blood drives benefit the entire community.” He added, “I really love the Shrimp Festival, too. It takes so many people to put on that big of an event, it really brings our community together.” A transplant from Illinois, Slappy gets a little help from our Pirate Wenches when it comes to costumes, but he loves to shop the thrift stores looking for accessories and other unique items to complete his pirate persona. He especially likes to look for pirate gear in historic, Fernandina Beach shopping at Cornercopia and the Ships Lantern, both located on Centre Street.
“Hi there, I am just me, special only to those that know me well.” —Shooter Shooter has been a pirate in Fernandina Beach for many years! She has served on the board of directors as our membership chair for several years. Shooter is a fine mother and well respected by anyone that knows her … including teenagers and THAT is no easy task! How did she get the name, “Shooter?” I’ll just say this, “She gets invited to every party I host!” Arr, arr, arr, arrh!
Pirate Kelley aka Lady K
Alas! Being part Mermaid my veins are filled with salt. One look at my golden locks and you can guess how I was blessed with the name Salty Blonde. I started pirating on Tybee Island, Ga in 2005 for the first Tybee Pirate fest and have been involved in every annual festival there. I was chosen 2008 Pirate Queen for my community involvement and for promoting this festival. After deciding to relocate to Fernandina in 2017, I quickly found my new pirate community. All it took was meeting a few local Pirates at The Palace Saloon as they were enjoying some local beverages and I was hooked. I’m also known as one of the Krewes’ MerMateys; part Mermaid & part Pirate. See you around!
The notorious pirate Sensuous began her life as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Irish lawyer. She later forged a friendship with fellow pirate, Salty Blonde and the pair played a leading role in a spree of raids against small fishing boats and trading sloops in the summer and fall of 1753 in Savannah, Ga. The city known for quirky characters, haunting stories and harrowing history. As a seafaring pirate lore, Sensuous moved to Fernandina Beach, a sanctuary of sorts for scalawags. It was there that she was captured by the Fernandina Pirate Club.
Ahoy! My mateys call me “Valentine” while others may call me Sandy. Born on the 14th, I’m a love and a poet, but I’ll rob you in a blink and you won’t even know it. I traveled the sea to Fernandina Beach from Massachusetts. Yes, I’m a Patriots fan. It’s okay if you’re not but you may be ordered to take a long walk off a short plank. I come with sarcasm and loaded guns, so hand over your loot and a few bottles of rum. Interests vary from sea to shore. Beach camping, pick camping, pick pocketing and digging for long lost beach treasures is just some of my many pleasures. One can also just call her Sandy Bottoms. Her sea legs work just fine on the sandy beaches of Amelia Island. Aye, but be warned …what happens on the beach stays on the beach. Dead men tell no tales! This Valentine pick pocketing pirate will soon be fostering little pirates. Double the pleasure, double the fun …but the little ones get no rum! If you see her sometime, stop her for a photo. One photo shoot ….for all your loot! RRRR!!!!
Ahoy! His Mateys call him “Quick Draw” while others call him Greg or Gregory. At almost 22 years old, he’s one of our newest and youngest pirates. He graduates this year from the TAP program and is also a charming individual of our Autism community. He is also the son of our lady pirate “Valentine” and her mate “Romeo”. He’s a proud and enthusiastic pirate who loves to draw his gun, hand you some beads… and RRRR! With his dazzling smile, he often gets asked for a hug in which he’s so happy to oblige. He’s popular with the ladies and children most. If you’d like a photo with “Quick Draw” he will be the happiest of all mateys to oblige. If you like to dance, he will dance with you. This young one can move to the groove!
Ahoy! My friends on land call me Greg. I’m a retired veteran of 21 years of the Army National Guard. Upon retirement, I traveled the sea from Massachusetts to Fernandina Beach with my lady pirate “Valentine” and son “Quick Draw”. On land, I work as a systems administrator in Jacksonville and volunteer web designer for the Fernandina Pirates website. Love to hand out beads and fire the cannon. Ladies, you don’t have to do a thing for your beads but if you do, I won’t be displeased! RRR! Yo ho ho and some bottles of rum, look out ladies, here I come.
Diane is from a village in Maine called Bowdoinham, population 2889. She worked for the Navy for 34 years at a DDG (Destroyer) shipyard. She never wanted to live in Florida. All her time traveling in her RV with her dog and cockatiel was spent out west, Indian reservations, National Monuments, Vegas. She was known to everyone as ‘Diane from Maine’. In 2018 a friend in Pirate’s Wood invited her to visit during the Shrimp Festival. She saw her first Pirate, then more. Too many to be a coincidence. She drove back to Maine, emptied her house and put it up for sale. Two months later she was back for good, in Pirate’s Wood, and became a Swabbie soon after. Meant to be? Arrggghh!
Jewels of the Island
Jewels of the Island is Florida born and grew up loving the water. Having the heart of a traveler, she left Florida in search of adventure. Experiencing the beauty of this world is something she will always love, and she still has a place in Arizona she calls home. However, the call of the sea brought her home again and so she’s back, petting any dog she sees, still having adventures, still traveling and still instigating plenty of shenanigans! Her code “Life is short me mateys, so live it to the fullest!”
Ahoy! My nickname is KD, I was born in Waycross Georgia but grew up in Yulee and Fernandina. I have spent most of my life in the food and beverage industry, mostly because I love people. I had been asked a few times to become a pirate, however it wasn’t until the kids were grown. Now that I have an empty nest I decided to spread my wings, help the community, and enjoy the Pirate’s life. I’ve been a Pirate for a year now, and love every minute of it.
This here be Ashtyn. A native of Fernandina, he grew up around pirates and and tales of his grandfather, who was a founding member of the club. Always destined to be a pirate, he can now be found sailing the river and pillaging the local taverns downtown, following in his ancestor’s footsteps
Neil Kjargaard is a transplant to the great state of Florida from Oregon. Married to Rhonda, they decided a warmer climate would be more suitable. In Oregon, Neil ran a landscape maintenance business, and has continued similar type work in Fernandina Beach. He became a Fernandina pirate because he enjoyed the community participation of the group.
Wayne hails from the land of crabs & Old Bay, the one particular harbor on the Eastern Shore of Maryland known as Baltimore. While visiting family in Ohio, he met the fair maiden Jill in 2000 & soon after, they were married in 2006. But alas, the sun didn’t shine enough & the air was too thin in Ohio for Wayne. He had island fever and longed for Floridays filled with margaritas & boat drinks. Come Monday, the two decided a migration was in order, to find a salty piece of land & sunny Fernandina Beach is where they found a home. Wayne continues to grow older, but not up, livin’ it up and following his schoolboy heart as part of the fun-loving krewe of the Fernandina Pirates Club; we are the people our parents warned us about! And that’s the semi-true story!
Rhonda Kjargaard discovered Amelia Island in her travels while touring the east coast, looking for a new place to migrate from the state of Oregon. She is a retired school administrator, and is married to Neil. Rhonda spends part of her time in their Aruba home, traveling back and forth between the island and Fernandina Beach. While in Aruba, she works with Animal Relief Foundation Aruba, and does dog rescue. Rhonda became a Fernandina pirate because she wanted to contribute to the community to which she now belonged.