But Emmanuel Cherubin wrote, “Mr. Swerdlow is not a principal or even an investor.”
A day before meeting with Haitian officials, Emmanuel Cherubin wrote, Swerdlow “expressed interest and offered his support just as Mayor Pierre and a myriad of other prominent individuals have done.”
Dellagoria, however, said Swerdlow has expressed no interest in Petite Cayemite.
“He has never invested in the project and has absolutely no intention in investing in the project,” Dellagoria said.
According to Dellagoria, Swerdlow met the Cherubin brothers in 2011and the only business his client has with the Cherubin brothers involves Biscayne Landing.
Swerdlow and Pierre’s connection to the Cayemite project could raise questions about North Miami’s controversial Biscayne Landing project.
When the mayor was deliberating on Biscayne Landing he did not disclose any ties to Swerdlow or the Cherubin brothers. Jean Cherubin has said that Pierre is an unpaid advisor to Cayemite Enterprises. However, in a letter to The Miami Herald, Emmanuel Cherubin wrote “Mayor Pierre has never been an advisor to this project.”
Pierre did not return calls, a text or an email seeking comment.
The relationship between Swerdlow, Pierre and the Cherubin brothers did appear clear to officials who attended the December meeting.
“The mayor from North Miami came up and he said the group with Swerdlow was involved with this development for the island in Haiti,” said Palm Bay Mayor William Capote, who attended the meeting and whose city counts a large number of Haitian residents. “It seemed like the mayor was involved with this group.”