Just days after reopening beaches in Duval County, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the community is responding well to the limitations and social distance guidelines put in place by the city.
Curry drew criticism over the weekend for opening the beaches too soon during the coronavirus outbreak.
Curry said he has been in constant contact with law enforcement and mayors who have "been strong in the face of national, international news running sensational headlines without understanding our city."
He said the limited beach reopening is the first step in a returning back to normal, but noted that they all must "be mindful of the risks."
Beachgoers talk to CNN as Jacksonville beaches reopen: