Ono Island, Alabama

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Ono Island
Ono Island is located in Alabama
Ono Island
Ono Island
Location in Alabama.
Coordinates: 30°17′15″N 87°30′7″W / 30.28750°N 87.50194°W / 30.28750; -87.50194Coordinates: 30°17′15″N 87°30′7″W / 30.28750°N 87.50194°W / 30.28750; -87.50194
CountryUnited States
CountyBaldwin County
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)251

Ono Island is a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) long barrier island in southern Baldwin County, Alabama, at the mouth of Perdido Bay on the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered by Bayou St. John to the north and Old River to the south. Surrounding communities include Perdido Key, Florida to the south and east and Orange Beach, Alabama to the west.

The island is home to a single community which is not within the corporate limits of any municipality. It is both private and gated.[1] Although not within any municipality the island is subject to governance by the Baldwin County Commission. Emergency services are provided by nearby communities. The island is accessed via a private, guarded, bridge from State Route 182.[2][3]


Ono Island was along the boundary of the treaties between France and Spain. In 1813, after protests and attempts at rebellion, President James Monroe seized Spanish lands west of the Perdido River and declared them a part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. This set the east end of the Island, Perdido Key, at the mouth of the Perdido River, as the boundary between the United States and Spain.[4] That same boundary would later mark the boundary between Alabama and Florida. Ono Island has previously been known as "Goat Island" or "George Kee's Island". George Kee, a caretaker for land belonging to Fred Scott. Scott was an early developer in the Perdido Key area and acquired Ono Island (alongside Innerarity point and other land) via Spanish land grants in the 1820's. Scott brought in goats and allowed them to roam free until there were an estimated 2,000 goats on the island, plus the wild hogs that Kee allowed anyone to shoot for food. At that time, the island was uninhabited except a small house Kee occupied that he built himself. A hurricane in 1916 changed the topography of the island by closing the Key and creating a new opening on the western end of the island. When Florida attempted to claim the land between the old pass and the new, Alabama legislators replied "Oh no you don't." That gave rise to the name, Ono Island.[4][5]

Present day[edit]

Development began in the 1970s; now there are more than 700 homes on the island.[2] The community has its own water tower, fire station, and private harbor, two recreation centers, a guard house at the entrance, and an administrative center known as Ono House.[6] The island has several canals used for water traffic. The main road bisecting the island to either end is known as Ono Boulevard and follows the strip of land all the way down its 5.5-mile length. Home prices are among the highest in the county, sometimes topping $2 million for a four-acre lot and $6 million for a lot and home.[7]

The community depends upon nearby Orange Beach, Alabama for fire and police services, paying $245,000 annually for the service which protects over 1,000 residents.[7] Notable residents of Ono Island have included former Healthsouth CEO Richard Scrushy[8] and former NFL great Kenny Stabler.[9] Comedian and inspirational speaker Andy Andrews also lives on the island.[10]


Ono Island is a barrier island and subject to unabated hurricane-force winds. On July 19, 1997 the area was hit by Hurricane Danny. Rain estimates exceeded 35 inches at Dauphin Island just a few miles away.[11] On September 16, 2004 the community suffered extensive damage when Hurricane Ivan came ashore just a few miles west. The Category 3 storm packed winds of 120 mph.[12][13] The island's nearest weather reporting station is Gulf Shores, Alabama, which provides climate data. Ono Island was also impacted by Hurricane Sally in 2020 causing extensive damage.

Climate data for Ono Island, Alabama (from Gulf Shores, Alabama)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 60
Average low °F (°C) 40
Average precipitation inches (mm) 6.11
Source: The Weather Channel [14]


  1. ^ "Property Taxes". Ono Realty, Inc. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b "About Ono Island". Ono Realty, Inc. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  3. ^ Kathy Jumper (September 4, 2011). "Million-dollar sales adding up on Ono Island". AL.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lawrence Burnette, O (2006-10-01). Coastal Kingdom: A History of Baldwin County, Alabama. ISBN 9781413793383.
  5. ^ https://lifeinperdidokey.wordpress.com/tag/ono-island/
  6. ^ "Welcome to Ono Island". Property Owners Association of Ono Island. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  7. ^ a b Marc D. Anderson (October 23, 2013). "Orange Beach rails against Ono Island fringe group over long-sought boat launch". AL.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Michael Tomberlin (October 22, 2009). "Richard Scrushy paid on home 2 years after he says he sold it". AL.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Brendan Kirby (October 19, 2008). "Stabler's estranged wife asks judge to change house deal". Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "Alabama comedian Andrews to perform for Bush". Associated Press. February 22, 2003.
  11. ^ Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (1997). "Hurricane Danny Rainfall Totals". National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  12. ^ Barringer, Felicity/Revkin, Andrew (September 17, 2004). Hurricane Ivan: The overview; Hurricane's Fury Kills 23 Along Gulf. New York Times (Report). Retrieved September 7, 2010.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Machos, G. Hurricane Ivan Roars through the Caribbean and United States Gulf Coast (Report). Hurricaneville. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
  14. ^ "Monthly Averages for Gulf Shores, AL". The Weather Channel.