Among the Jacksonville-area businesses closed for Hurricane Dorian, Clark's Fish Camp has weathered the storm before.

Joan Peoples walks around the inside of her family's longtime restaurant on Julington Creek, Clark's Fish Camp, late Wednesday morning in Jacksonville.

The floor is a bit damp in places, and there's a little water in the outside bar area's deck where Julington Creek has forced its way up during high tide the night before. The restaurant has been closed since Monday with the approach of Hurricane Dorian and some abnormally high tides, but Peoples hopes the worst is almost over.

"That's our main thing. I think we are going to dodge a bullet," she said. "So far, so good. We haven't had but a few inches compared to Hurricane Irma."

The waterfront eatery is next to a city boat ramp that is partially flooded, yet the creek is still hours away from high tide. She points to some damp spots where the creek seeped in over the past day and where tables have been pulled up already in case the interior floods. The high water mark from Hurricane Irma two years ago is still visible about a foot off the floor in some of the dining room, she points to.

"That was bad," she remembered. "We over prepared this time because we were hurt so bad by Irma with the water damage."

All the chairs that could float away have also been moved to the high points in the restaurant, as well as the well-known taxidermy animals that are displayed next to the entrance. She also said some of the alcohol has been moved to avoid any high water.

As she spoke around 11 a.m., people in pickup trucks were splashing their way through the flooded Hood Road boat ramp next door, leaving her to shake her head and wonder why they were doing it.

A sign saying it is closed is posted by the front door, and cones block off part of the parking lot. Peoples said they hope to reopen the restaurant by Friday.

Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549