I am familar with Sarasota, I had a business in ST.pete for years. Gainesville is different than Sarasota but for bahia they are awesome I here the new Scag velocity may be better from a dealer in Miami but the rest of the mower is way better and cheaper than a Scag. The Hustler cut best if you mow low. On tall St Augustine at 4 or 5 inches the XR 7 deck does not seem to have the vaccum to stand it up like my Exmark and not leave a few straglers but on short cutting the machine is vastly superior to my Exmark. Way more comfortable,mows way faster and leaves no stingers. I bought the Hustler because I landed a account where you are mowing 8 to 10 hours straight with the Super Z it will do it in 6. It is a account that only gets done every 2 weeks in the summer of bahai with 2 foot stingers. They could have more powerful engines on the Super Z which they are working on but a 27 on a 60 is good as long as you do not have huge hills but this is in Gainesville the grass is thinner here. The mower will knock down 2 week old bahia in one pass going 15 MPH with only a few stingers left standing. You just hit a few small patches here and there at 15 MPH when going back over it and it is done. You have to slow down in real thick areas but on Bahia cut short it is AWESOME! Way faster and way better than any other mower I have and I have alot of them and have used alot of them. I have used Dixies and they are good but no where near the design, ease of maintenance, durability of the Hustler. As soon as Hustler puts bigger engines on these things and start making regional decks for each area the competition better wake up or be in big trouble. I have only got 400 Hours on it but I can already see how little care the machine requires to keep it going just belts which only take 2 minutes each to change a little grease and occasionally tighten it down. I mow alot of retention areas where most machines would get stuck but with the spped of this thing it stays on top of the mud and skips over it and we crash into things going full bore and the just doesn't dent at all really tough as nails. It will take even more abuse than my Lesco and Scag Hydro midsizes I couldn't believe it but it will. Best equipment buy in my opinion!