My Rush has 4.3" of travel front and rear and I'll take it on everything at Alafia. It weighs 29lbs and can easily lose a few in the cranks and wheels/tires without sacrificing durability. I don't think you need any more travel than this to ride anything in FL short of cliff-drops.
My Furio has (or had, since it was stolen
) only 3" of front suspension and I took it on almost everything at Alafia as well. I loved riding this bike on the jumps at the Vortex Pit. Nothing jumps like a HT!
My Uber-V will have 6" of travel front and rear, and should weigh somewhere around 27lbs. It'll be my bomber bike for when I want to go out of state and ride difficult, unfamiliar trails. If I'm on this bike, I'll likely be wearing armor (and needing it).
As you can tell, I'm a strong believer in all products Cannondale.
BTW: I bought all my bikes used, through the computer. Craigslist, E-Bay, and SWAMP forum. I got excellent deals on each one of them. I'd steer you in the direction of a Prophet if you want to buy a great bike ready to ride in this state and others.