You can do this and it can work with spectacular results. First thing-you need to be either at or near sea-level. Assuming that you are in Florida then you have that one covered. The 2nd thing is that you need a relatively high water level, like around ~10 feet. Since a centrifugal pump doesn't work exactly like a shallow well jet they have a hard time getting started or primed.
What we normally do around here is directly connect a 2" suction hose directly to the casing on a 2" well. You then fill as much water in the pump as fast as you can. You probably won't be able to fill up the casing/pump without a footvalve but you can raise the level a little. Start the pump and hope it primes/picks up. You may have to wait several minutes. Beware running your pump dry for very long as the seals etc. can burn up.
You can get a solid 30-60 gpm of water out of a correctly done set-up like this, depending on well yield etc.