I have had a great experience with my Ellsworth, worth every penny. Many other companies are going to DW link, I would bet they are getting a better deal licensing suspension technology from Dave Weagle than the FSR from Specialized. I have ridden VPP, Mestro, FSR and ICT and believe without a doubt that Ellsworth has the most active and efficient package on the market.
Other bikes to consider:
Santa Cruz has reworked the Blur Lt and Nomad (reviewed this month MBA)
Gary Fisher Roscoe
Intense Tracer and 6.6
These should cover most everything in FL.