Oropeza, Stones & Cardenas

Adele Virginia Stones


Ginny Stones has more than 36 years public and private sector experience dealing with land use, zoning and entitlements, including service as the City Attorney for the City of Key West from 1991 to 1994. She represents clients in all phases of development for commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects including contract negotiation, due diligence, land acquisition/disposition, and procurement of land use approvals and entitlements. Ginny’s practice focuses on matters involving land use, zoning, and other entitlements, including Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), comprehensive plan amendments, zonings, special exceptions, variances, conditional use permits, as well as development agreements, and development orders.

Areas of Experience:
Land Use and Development | Municipal and Local Government Law | Business and Real Property | Transactions | Land Use Litigation | Probate Small Estates

Representative Experience:
Representation of developers and individuals in the acquisition of private property and post purchase development plan applications and approvals for large scale mixed use and residential properties, including a development of regional impact (DRI); multi-unit phased residential development and redevelopment projects requiring local and/or state level approvals. Representation includes individual home owners seeking development approvals for new construction as well as renovation, restoration and replacement of existing structures in the Key West Historic Preservation District. Representation of regional construction company in land use, government, and private contracting matters.

Bar Admissions:
Florida Bar: 1981 | Southern District of Florida: 1994

University of Florida (B.A. high honors, 1978) | University of Miami (J.D. 1981). Phi Alpha Delta, Moot Court Board 1980-1981.

Assistant State Attorney (Monroe County, Florida) 1982-1991; 2007-2008 | City Attorney (Key West, Florida): 1991-1994 | Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer (16th Judicial Circuit, Monroe County, Florida) 1998-2000 | 16th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee (1990-1994) | City of Key West Charter Revision Committee (1998) | Monroe County Land Advisory Board (1997-2004) | Florida Bar Grievance Committee (1991-1994; and 2002-2004; Past Chair)

Awards and Recognition:
Martindale-Hubbell, AV rated

Professional Memberships and Activities:
The Florida Bar, Member. Local Government Law Section (2000-2010) | Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens, Board of Directors (1985-2007) | Equality Florida Council, Member 2007-2010